British TV Icon Bruce Forsyth Dies At 89 (Photos)

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British game show host and television icon Bruce Forsyth died in his home on Aug. 18. He was 89.

Forsyth was a media legend in the U.K., having hosted some of the most popular Saturday evening shows in the country's history. Forsyth was the face of beloved programs in the 1970s and 1980s, hosting "The Generation Game," "Play Your Cards Right" and "The Price Is Right," according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Forsyth had been battling a chest infection for the better part of two years, even spending several months in the hospital, according to the BBC. He had not been able to make any public appearances in a few years due to his illness, including multiple funerals for other show business icons.

"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," read a statement from Forsyth's manager Ian Wilson.

"A couple of weeks ago, a friend visited him and asked him what he had been doing these last 18 months," Wilson remembered. "With a twinkle in his eye, he responded: 'I've been very, very busy... being ill!'"

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A widely beloved figure in evening television, Forsyth eventually became the U.K.'s highest-paid TV star, hosting "Strictly Come Dancing" along with "Cards" in the mid-2000s.

"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. "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."

According to IMDB, Forsyth first appeared on television in 1939 on the aptly named show "Come and Be Televised" when he was just 11 years old. Although most of his roles were for British television, he appeared on the popular U.S. show "Magnum, P.I." in 1986.

Forsyth grew into a role as a regular game show host in the 1970s. He last hosted "Strictly" in 2015.

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His family expressed gratitude to "the many people who have sent cards and letters to Bruce wishing him well over his long illness and know that they will share in part, the great, great loss they feel," according to the BBC.

Forsyth "invented and then re-invented Saturday night entertainment," Hall said.

Sources: The Hollywood Reporter, BBC, IMDB / Featured Image: Michael Sharpe/Flickr / Embedded Images: BBC, Getty Images via The Hollywood Reporter

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