Sir Bruce Forsyth dies

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He had been unwell for some time and was in hospital earlier this year with a severe chest infection.

He first kicked off his career in show business at age 14 in his local theater.

Tributes have poured in for veteran entertainer Bruce Forsyth following news of his death, with Irish actor Simon Delaney and 2FM star Nicky Byrne among those who praised the late star.

"He has delighted millions of people and defined Saturday night television for decades, with shows like "The Generation Game" and, most recently, 'Strictly, '" said BBC Director-General Sir Tony Hall.

Lord Sugar said: "Sad news about Sir Bruce Forsyth what legend of entertainment". I used to go to a zumba class to keep fit; now I do it at home in front of him.

Former Strictly head judge Len Goodman, who stepped down from the role a year ago, said: "His work ethic, professionalism and charm will be with me forever".

Bruce Forsyth on the catwalk at the Fashion For Relief Show, Cannes.

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He switched to ITV in the late 1970s, firstly with Bruce Forsyth's Big Night and later with the incredibly successful Play Your Cards Right (a United Kingdom remake of U.S. show Card Sharks).

But a few years later, he was watching Have I Got News for You - which uses guest hosts - when Wilnelia turned to him and said: "You could do that show". His live presenting skills and love of dancing helped make the show one the most successful in modern BBC history, attracting audiences well over 10 million on Saturday and Sunday nights, with the format sold around the globe.

The show had come from Broadway, and Bruce played her various male patrons.

Sir Bruce proved his own credentials on many occasions during his time on Strictly Come Dancing.

Per the outlet, Forsyth was knighted in 2011, becoming Sir Bruce.

Bruce continued his on-stage acting throughout the next sixteen years, keeping audiences entertained through the tumultuous times on World War Two. Great man. One of the greatest entertainers'. "He has been part of all of our lives, and we'll miss him dearly".

The Scotsman newspaper recounts how failing health led him to announce that he was leaving Strictly Come Dancing in April 2014, after almost 10 years as the presenter of the show. Sadly, this afternoon (August 18th 2017) he lost his battle with pneumonia leaving behind his former Miss World wife Wilnelia Merced and six children.

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