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Claudia Winkleman leads tributes to ‘King of TV’ Sir Bruce Forsyth

Twitter has been awash with messages of sadness following the entertainer’s death.

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Sir Bruce Forsyth

Sir Bruce Forsyth

Sir Bruce Forsyth

Claudia Winkleman and Stephen Fry are among the many stars to have paid tribute to Sir Bruce Forsyth after his death at the age of 89.

The entertainer died after a battle with his health, having recently contracted bronchial pneumonia.

Strictly Come Dancing presenter Winkleman wrote on Twitter: “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.”

Winkleman took over the role of Strictly host from Sir Bruce in 2014.

Former QI presenter Fry wrote on Twitter: “There was only one #Brucie – it was more than to nice to see you, to see you more than nice.”

Comic and former Great British Bake Off presenter Sue Perkins said: “Didn’t he do well. RIP Sir Bruce. xx.”

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Sir Bruce Forsyth in the garden of his Surrey home celebrating being awarded an OBE in the Queen's birthday honours list. Tim Ockenden/PA Wire

Sir Bruce Forsyth in the garden of his Surrey home celebrating being awarded an OBE in the Queen's birthday honours list. Tim Ockenden/PA Wire

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Strictly Come Dancing hosts Sir Bruce Forsyth and Tess Daly. Ray Burmiston/BBC/PA Wire

Strictly Come Dancing hosts Sir Bruce Forsyth and Tess Daly. Ray Burmiston/BBC/PA Wire

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Bruce Forsyth with his wife, Wilnelia, after being presented with a '10 for 10' award for their work with children without families, by charity Every Child, at the Landsdowne Club in London. Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Bruce Forsyth with his wife, Wilnelia, after being presented with a '10 for 10' award for their work with children without families, by charity Every Child, at the Landsdowne Club in London. Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

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Sir Bruce Forsyth with Dame Vera Lynn (centre) and Petula Clark (left) as they sing a rendition of "We'll Meet Again" during a show. Edmond Terakopian/PA Wire

Sir Bruce Forsyth with Dame Vera Lynn (centre) and Petula Clark (left) as they sing a rendition of "We'll Meet Again" during a show. Edmond Terakopian/PA Wire

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Sir Bruce Forsyth being knighted by Queen Elizabeth II during an Investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace, London. Lewis Whyld/PA Wire

Sir Bruce Forsyth being knighted by Queen Elizabeth II during an Investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace, London. Lewis Whyld/PA Wire

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Bruce Forsyth visiting his wife Anthea Redfern and their new daughter. PA Wire

Bruce Forsyth visiting his wife Anthea Redfern and their new daughter. PA Wire

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Bruce Forsyth with his wife, Penny, and their two daughters, Debbie (right), 6, and Julie, 3, who will celebrate her fourth birthday at sea, as they left Southampton aboard the liner Pendennis Castle for South Africa. PA Wire

Bruce Forsyth with his wife, Penny, and their two daughters, Debbie (right), 6, and Julie, 3, who will celebrate her fourth birthday at sea, as they left Southampton aboard the liner Pendennis Castle for South Africa. PA Wire

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Bruce Forsyth escorting his wife, Penny, and their new baby, Laura, from the London clinic in Marylebone, London. PA Wire

Bruce Forsyth escorting his wife, Penny, and their new baby, Laura, from the London clinic in Marylebone, London. PA Wire

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Sir Bruce Forsyth and Tess Daly during the 2011 National Television Awards at the O2 Arena, London. Ian West/PA Wire

Sir Bruce Forsyth and Tess Daly during the 2011 National Television Awards at the O2 Arena, London. Ian West/PA Wire

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Sir Bruce Forsyth carrying the Olympic Flame on the Torch Relay leg through Kensington and Chelsea, London. Ben Birchall/PA Wire

Sir Bruce Forsyth carrying the Olympic Flame on the Torch Relay leg through Kensington and Chelsea, London. Ben Birchall/PA Wire

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Bruce Forsyth during the BMW PGA Pro-Am at Wentworth Golf Club, Surrey. Nick Potts/PA Wire

Bruce Forsyth during the BMW PGA Pro-Am at Wentworth Golf Club, Surrey. Nick Potts/PA Wire

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Jimmy Hill, former managing director of Coventry City FC and Sir Bruce Forsyth at Heathrow Airport as they leave for Tobago to take part in a charity golf tournament. PA/PA Wire

Jimmy Hill, former managing director of Coventry City FC and Sir Bruce Forsyth at Heathrow Airport as they leave for Tobago to take part in a charity golf tournament. PA/PA Wire

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Bruce Forsyth with the Bafta Fellowship award during the British Academy Television Awards at the London Palladium in central London. Yui Mok/PA Wireholder.

Bruce Forsyth with the Bafta Fellowship award during the British Academy Television Awards at the London Palladium in central London. Yui Mok/PA Wireholder.

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Sir Bruce Forsyth with his OBE. John Stillwell/PA Wire

Sir Bruce Forsyth with his OBE. John Stillwell/PA Wire

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Sir Bruce Forsyth and his wife Wilnelia in the Royal Box on Centre Court during Day Three of the 2011 Wimbledon Championships. PA/PA Wire

Sir Bruce Forsyth and his wife Wilnelia in the Royal Box on Centre Court during Day Three of the 2011 Wimbledon Championships. PA/PA Wire

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Sir Bruce Forsyth (centre) and his wife Wilnelia (left) sitting with Tess Daly as he wins a Special Recognition award, at the 2011 National Television Awards at the O2 Arena, London. Ian West/PA Wire

Sir Bruce Forsyth (centre) and his wife Wilnelia (left) sitting with Tess Daly as he wins a Special Recognition award, at the 2011 National Television Awards at the O2 Arena, London. Ian West/PA Wire

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Sir Bruce Forsyth with the bust of himself which was created by Forsyth's son-in-law Dominic Grant. Yui Mok/PA Wire

Sir Bruce Forsyth with the bust of himself which was created by Forsyth's son-in-law Dominic Grant. Yui Mok/PA Wire

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TV star Jeannie Carson receiving a surprise gift, a Cairn terrier puppy, from host Sir Bruce Forsyth after the 'Sunday Night at the London Palladium' show. PA/PA Wire

TV star Jeannie Carson receiving a surprise gift, a Cairn terrier puppy, from host Sir Bruce Forsyth after the 'Sunday Night at the London Palladium' show. PA/PA Wire

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Bruce Forsyth (centre) and Miss World 1975 Wilnellia Merced (second left). PA Wire

Bruce Forsyth (centre) and Miss World 1975 Wilnellia Merced (second left). PA Wire

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Sir Bruce Forsyth has died at the age of 89, his family have announced. (Ian West/PA Wire)

Sir Bruce Forsyth has died at the age of 89, his family have announced. (Ian West/PA Wire)

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Jimmy Hill, former managing director of Coventry City FC and Sir Bruce Forsyth at Heathrow Airport as they leave for Tobago to take part in a charity golf tournament. PA/PA Wire

Jimmy Hill, former managing director of Coventry City FC and Sir Bruce Forsyth at Heathrow Airport as they leave for Tobago to take part in a charity golf tournament. PA/PA Wire

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Bruce Forsyth dancing in a West End street where he announced he is to star in a new musical, The Bricusse and Newley Travelling Music Show. PA/PA Wire

Bruce Forsyth dancing in a West End street where he announced he is to star in a new musical, The Bricusse and Newley Travelling Music Show. PA/PA Wire

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Cilla Black, with choreographer Lionel Blair (centre) and Bruce Forsyth in Leeds. PA Wire

Cilla Black, with choreographer Lionel Blair (centre) and Bruce Forsyth in Leeds. PA Wire

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Julie Andrews, Bruce Forsyth and Beryl Reid (right), singing 'Piccadilly,' on stage at the old Brixton Music Hall. PA Wire

Julie Andrews, Bruce Forsyth and Beryl Reid (right), singing 'Piccadilly,' on stage at the old Brixton Music Hall. PA Wire

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Bruce Forsyth joined by Miss Puerto Rico (left) and Miss England to celebrate his 80th birthday at the Dorchester Hotel in London. Anthony Devlin/PA Wireholder.

Bruce Forsyth joined by Miss Puerto Rico (left) and Miss England to celebrate his 80th birthday at the Dorchester Hotel in London. Anthony Devlin/PA Wireholder.

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Sir Bruce Forsyth with Opera group G4. Yui Mok/PA Wire

Sir Bruce Forsyth with Opera group G4. Yui Mok/PA Wire

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Sir Bruce Forsyth with his former wife Penny as he arrives at the private wing of University College Hospital in London. PA/PA Wire

Sir Bruce Forsyth with his former wife Penny as he arrives at the private wing of University College Hospital in London. PA/PA Wire

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Sir Bruce Forsyth discussing his new book Strictly Bruce, at the Radio Times Festival on the Green at Hampton Court Palace in London. Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire

Sir Bruce Forsyth discussing his new book Strictly Bruce, at the Radio Times Festival on the Green at Hampton Court Palace in London. Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire

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Sir Bruce Forsyth and his son Jonathan at the Butterfly Ball in Battersea Park, London. Fiona Hanson/PA Wire

Sir Bruce Forsyth and his son Jonathan at the Butterfly Ball in Battersea Park, London. Fiona Hanson/PA Wire

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Sir Bruce Forsyth performing on the Avalon stage at the Glastonbury 2013 Festival. Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Sir Bruce Forsyth performing on the Avalon stage at the Glastonbury 2013 Festival. Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

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Sir Bruce Forsyth and Wilnelia Forsyth arriving for the 2012 NTA Awards at the O2 in Greenwich, London. Anthony Devlin/PA Wireholder.

Sir Bruce Forsyth and Wilnelia Forsyth arriving for the 2012 NTA Awards at the O2 in Greenwich, London. Anthony Devlin/PA Wireholder.

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Sir Bruce Forsyth in the garden of his Surrey home celebrating being awarded an OBE in the Queen's birthday honours list. Tim Ockenden/PA Wire

Vernon Kay, the husband of Sir Bruce’s former Strictly co-host Tess Daly, wrote on Instagram: “Devastating news that the Entertainment Legend Sir Bruce Forsyth has passed away. It’s been an honour to be able to get to know him as a friend. And we will cherish the times we spent together…

“He defined Saturday Night telly and re-wrote the book on TV Hosting…Will miss his energy and fun both in the studio and on the golf course.

“Thoughts are with Winnie and his family.”

BBC Director-General, Tony Hall said: “Sir Bruce was one of the greatest entertainers our country has ever known.

“He has delighted millions of people and defined Saturday night television for decades, with shows like the Generation Game and, most recently, Strictly. His warmth and his wit were legendary.

“I’ve never seen anyone quite like him when it comes to performing in front of a crowd. He had a remarkable chemistry with his audience – that’s what made him such an amazing professional and why he was so loved.

“He has been part of all of our lives, and we’ll miss him dearly.”

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