Veteran TV entertainer Sir Bruce Forsyth has died at the age of 89, his family has said.

The former Strictly Come Dancing host, who was born in Edmonton in February 1928, had suffered a long illness.

He was born in Victoria Road, Edmonton, where his family owned a car repair garage.

The showbusiness icon made his television debut in 1939 and appeared in countless stage and television productions.

A statement from his family 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 eighteen months.

"With a twinkle in his eye, he responded 'I've been very, very busy... being ill!' Unfortunately, not long after this, his health deteriorated and he contracted bronchial pneumonia.

"The family would like to express their thanks 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.

"There will be no further comment at the moment and it would be much appreciated if the privacy of Sir Bruce's family is respected at this most difficult time."

Bruce Forsyth celebrating the relaunch of the Millfield Theatre and Arts Centre in 2009

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