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Summary

  1. Sir Bruce Forsyth dies aged 89
  2. Presented some of the BBC's biggest shows during 60-year career
  3. BBC director general Tony Hall: "We’ll miss him dearly"
  4. Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman pay tribute

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By Cherry Wilson and Emma Owen

All times stated are UK

Nice to see you...to see you nice

Thanks for joining us on the live page as tributes were paid to Bruce Forsyth who has died at the age of 89.

Figures from across the entertainment world came out to remember the TV legend and former Strictly Come Dancing host.

Read our full story for more on the death of Sir Bruce.

Nice to see you... to see you nice.

Vince Cable: A sad day

The Lib Dem leader tweets...

Dame Barbara Windsor mourns the loss of Sir Bruce

This is the end of a showbusiness era and the last of the truly all round great entertainers that this country has ever produced. I am so sad as I was a massive fan and was in awe of his professionalism. I was lucky enough to know him and was thrilled to be at his last book launch. He will be so sadly missed by all in showbusiness and his millions of fans.

God bless you Bruce and my thoughts are with his beautiful wife Wilnelia who made him so very happy and his family.

PM: We have lost a national treasure

Prime Minister Theresa May tweets...

Harry Hill: An incredibly sweet and thoughtful man

This is a very sad day. As a child of the 70s, Bruce Forsyth was like a God to me. Few people have made us laugh so much for so long.

I was lucky enough to meet him and found him an incredibly sweet and thoughtful man. I've missed his presence on TV for the last few years and like all his fans I was hoping for one last encore.

How Sir Bruce entertained us

The BBC's Nick Higham takes a look back at some of Sir Bruce's career highlights.

Des O'Connor: The nation will be heartbroken

I have known him a lifetime. I toured with him in the early days. He was brilliant right from the start. This is such a sad time - the nation will be heartbroken.

Bruce was so very special, he had such warmth and humour and he was such a superb talent. He will be irreplaceable in people's hearts.

'A treasured part of my life'

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Sir Elton John posted an image of himself and Sir Bruce on Instagram along with a tribute.

So sad to hear about the death of the legendary Bruce Forsyth. It was such an honour to work with him - a brilliant comedian, television host and a lovely man. A treasured part of my life since I was a young boy. My condolences to Wilnelia and his family.

Bruce 'annoyed Sean Connery on purpose'

Comedian Jimmy Tarbuck paid tribute Sir Bruce on BBC Radio 5 live, saying he was “one of the most talented men this country has ever produced.”

'Brucie loved this picture montage so much'

'He will be deeply missed'

Strictly judge Craig Revel Horwood has said he is "extremely sad" to hear the news of Sir Bruce's death.

"A true legend and national treasure. He will be deeply missed but always remembered."

Sir Bruce's dance moves throughout the years

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Sir Bruce will be remembered for his charm, his career spanning more than 50 years, his catchphrases - but also for his dance moves.

One of Britain's most prominent television stars and a staple of Saturday night TV, it's no secret the former Strictly Come Dancing co-host loved to dance.

We take a look at some of his most famous moves.

Former Strictly judge Arlene Phillips pays tribute

I am so very sad to hear of Bruce's death. To me, he was an indestructible titan, tap dancing his way through life. I've known Bruce since the 70s when we judged a disco dance competition together and the rest is history. Working with him on Strictly was personally a joy. His endless teasing of my judging style, particularly with strong sportsmen, was an ongoing joke. His enormous support after I was let go from the Strictly panel meant so much.

Arlene Phillips, Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and Bruce Forsyth
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Bruce was a true legend, to watch him warming up the audience before filming was a masterclass in entertainment. His quick use of comedy to avoid disaster on a live show was beyond compare. Above all, his phenomenal tap dancing skills will always remain with me. Bruce was the best of the best. He was a true national treasure and there will never be another like him. He will be missed by many generations.

'You were one of mine and the nation's favourites'

Len Goodman, Strictly's former head judge, has remembered Sir Bruce as one of his "favourite" stars who influenced him throughout his teens.

As long as I can remember there has always been Bruce on our TV. He was a part of my telly viewing from my teens. So you can imagine my excitement on being asked to be on Strictly and have Bruce, one of my heroes, on the same show.

He was so kind and encouraging to me, the other judges and all those involved in the show. I used to pop round to his dressing room and chat about stars he met. The truth is there was no one I mentioned he hadn't met. His work ethic, professionalism and charm will be with me forever. One of his catchphrases was 'you're my favourite'. Well, you were one of mine and the nation's favourites. Bruce, it was nice to see you, to see you, nice.

BBC One tribute to air this evening

A special tribute to Sir Bruce Forsyth will air at 7pm on BBC One tonight.

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'A tireless charity campaigner'

Jeremy Corbyn has also taken to Twitter to pay tribute to Sir Bruce:

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'Sometimes we cry, but mostly we laugh'

Wilnelia Merced and Sir Bruce Forsyth
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Sir Bruce was married to his wife, former Miss World Wilnelia Merced, for more than 30 years.

Last year she told the Mail On Sunday's You magazine about her husband's health struggles and how difficult it was to think of a future without him.

"I don't think about it too much. I hope I'll be prepared somehow, but it doesn't feel real. He's the man I fell in love with because his brain is there.

"He has a bit of a problem moving, but we still laugh and talk. I pray, I believe. The main thing is that he's doing well. The pain is more emotional; sometimes we cry, but mostly we laugh."

'A national treasure'

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Strictly judge Bruno Tonioli has also paid tribute:

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'The star of Saturday night'

The official Strictly Twitter account has posted a moving tribute to Sir Bruce:

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'So loveable and funny'

Shirley Ballas, who is joining the new series of Strictly as a judge, has tweeted a tribute to Sir Bruce.

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Sir Michael Parkinson pays tribute

Veteran entertainer Sir Michael Parkinson has paid tribute to Sir Bruce on BBC Radio 4's PM programme:

He loved being a star. He loved making people laugh. He loved entertaining people. All those clichés of that kind of era and that kind of life were true in his case. There wasn’t a phoney part of him. He was true and true vaudeville like a stick of rock.

Sir Michael Parkinson
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The training he went through – that’s all gone now. He’s the last remaining survivor of it all. There was no-one quite like him. Never was, never will be.

What made him great was his impeccable workrate and his determination not to ease into anything, to approach every show as if it were his first. I remember watching him thinking, you crafty old sod, you make it look so easy. And yet of course he was working away to get it right. You can’t be as good as that and take it for granted. He took it seriously, and that’s why he lasted so long and became so good at it.

'Thanks for years of great entertainment'

In pictures: Sir Bruce Forsyth

Sir Bruce Forsyth's career in showbusiness spanned 60 years.

Look back at his life, from early variety stardom and game shows to Strictly Come Dancing.

In Pictures: Sir Bruce Forsyth

Sir Bruce Forsyth
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Sir Bruce Forsyth
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Sir Bruce Forsyth
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In Pictures: Sir Bruce Forsyth

'Nobody did it better'

Obituary: Sir Bruce Forsyth

Sir Bruce Forsyth
BBC

Veteran entertainer Sir Bruce Forsyth had a career spanning eight decades, in which he went from struggling variety performer to Saturday night TV stardom.

On the way, he became one of the most recognisable entertainers in the business, driven by what appeared to be inexhaustible energy.

He became synonymous with the plethora of game shows that seemed to dominate television light entertainment in the 1960s, 70s and 80s, although he often felt he had become typecast as the genial quizmaster.

Obituary: Sir Bruce Forsyth

Lord Grade pays tribute

The former BBC chairman said...

I've grown up with Bruce, he and I have been friends and we’ve worked together over the years. I spent a morning with him at his house two weeks ago. He had a wonderful twinkle in his eye and he was battling, battling.

We've grown up together. My business partner years ago was the agent who discovered him and persuaded him to go on Sunday Night at the Palladium.

Lord Grade
BBC

He was a very smart picker of knowing what the right formats were for him. He was very canny - we only know about the shows he said yes to, what we don't know are the hundreds of ideas he said 'That's not for me.'

He had the smart, that's the sign of a great star. Bruce was a master of that. Absolute master and a lovely man to boot. He was loyal he was a very special, special man.

'A gentleman and a true legend'

Strictly Come Dancing host Tess Daly has paid tribute to Sir Bruce.

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. 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 the audiences he so loved.

Bruce Forsyth and Tess Daly
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He has been there for me as a co-host, a mentor, but most importantly as a friend, and I'm extremely fortunate to have worked alongside the man who defined Saturday night entertainment for so many decades. He was a gentleman and a true legend and I will miss him deeply. My heart goes out to Winnie, his wife, and his beautiful family at this sad time.

'Thank you for the laughter'

'One of the greatest entertainers our country has ever known'

The BBC's director-general pays tribute

Today we’ve lost one of the greatest entertainers our country has ever known. Bruce was a friend to many of our teams. He’s been part of our lives for years – and we’ll miss him dearly. He invented, and then re-invented, Saturday night entertainment across the decades with shows from The Generation Game to Strictly. And, of course, his catchphrases were part of the national conversation.

Sir Bruce Forsyth with his OBE
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I saw him perform and marvelled at the chemistry between him and his audience right from the moment he took to the stage – and, by the way, that was always well before any cameras were rolling. Bruce was such a special part of the BBC. There’ll be time to celebrate his amazing contribution later, but for now I just wanted to mark his extraordinary life.

Tony HallDirector-General, BBC

'We'll miss him so much'

Strictly host Claudia Winkleman has taken to Twitter to pay tribute to Sir Bruce:

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