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Bruce Forsyth has died aged 89

Bruce Forsyth has died aged 89

Bruce Forsyth, a legendary entertainer, host and quizmaster on English television whose career spanned the history of TV, has died.

According to the BBC, he had been ill for some time and was hospitalized earlier in the year and The Guardian reports he recently contracted bronchial pneumonia.

"Bruce was a big name because everyone knew him; Sunday Night at the London Palladium was watched by everyone, whereas nowadays it's not quite the same".

He hosted a number of game shows including "Play Your Cards Right", "The Price is Right" and "The Generation Game", which at its peak, attracted 20 million viewers.

Speaking at theme of his inclusion in the book, Sir Bruce said: "What a wonderful surprise, but what a shock - and it's all true".

She said: "There are no words to describe how heartbroken I am to be told the saddest news that my dear friend Sir Bruce Forsyth has passed away".

"A couple of weeks ago, a friend visited him and asked him what he had been doing these last 18 months".

"With a twinkle in his eye, he responded "I've been very, very busy... being ill!" When he appeared on Broadway in a one-man show in 1979, Mel Gussow, reviewing it in The New York Times, dismissed him as a performer who would "do nearly anything for a laugh".

"Sir Bruce was one of the greatest entertainers our country has ever known".

She posted: 'The Bruce you saw really was the man he was.

Tributes are already pouring in for the presenter.

Photo issued by TV times 60th and Merge Festival of Sir Bruce Forsyth, as never-before-seen photographs of screen stars including Dame Helen Mirren, Sir Michael Caine and Joanna Lumley are to feature in a TV Times exhibition, "60 Years, 60 Iconic Images" in celebration of magazine's 60th anniversary.

He returned to Saturday night BBC television in 2004 when he co-presented Strictly Come Dancing, which fought an ongoing ratings battle with ITV's The X Factor.

Good Morning Britain presenter Piers Morgan took to Twitter, saying: "RIP Sir Bruce Forsyth, 89". One of Britain's greatest ever entertainers & a lovely man. "He had a remarkable chemistry with his audience", Mr Hall said. "We'll miss him so much".

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