Tess Daly leads tributes as entertainment world mourns the death of Sir Bruce Forsyth

The legendary entertainer passed away earlier today (August 18) aged 89

Figures from across the world of entertainment have expressed sadness as they mourn the death of legendary entertainer and British TV staple Bruce Forsyth.

The iconic TV host was known for a hugely successful career spanning over 75 years, and held the record for having the longest television career for a male entertainer.

His death was confirmed earlier today (August 18) via a statement from his manager, Ian Wilson. It read: “It is with great sadness that the Forsyth family announce that Sir Bruce passed away this afternoon, peacefully at his home surrounded by his wife Wilnelia and all his children.

“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!”

Forsyth was 89 years old.

Tributes to the star have begun pouring in from colleagues, friends and admirers. His former Strictly Come Dancing co-host Tess Daly has posted a note to Twitter paying tribute to the icon following the news. “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,” she wrote.

“From the moment we met, Bruce and I did nothing but laugh our way through a decade of working together on Strictly Come Dancing and I will never forget his generosity, his brilliant sense of humour and his drive to entertain his audiences he so loved.”

Claudia Winkleman, who replaced Forsyth as co-host on Strictly Come Dancing in its 12th series said: “He was the King of TV, the Prince of performers and the most generous of people… all toe-tapping twinkle, all kindness, all love…. The Bruce you saw really was the man he was. We’ll miss him so much”

Tony Blackburn called him “a lovely man and a great entertainer who we will all miss”, while Les Dennis wrote: “I thought Brucie would go on forever. A star,an icon, a lovely man.”

Boxer Frank Bruno described Forsyth as “part of my growing up on TV’s Generation Game”. Crimewatch police presenter and former Strictly contestant recalled meeting the host on the dancing show, saying: “He was genuinely such a lovely fella and had time for us all.”

See those and more reactions below.