Didn't he do well? Farewell to Bruce Forsyth after 70 years in showbiz
Within moments of the announcement on Friday that much-loved entertainer Bruce Forsyth had died at the age of 89, tributes were pouring in.
It was telling that they came not just from family, friends, colleagues and devoted fans but ordinary members of the public for whom he had simply been a constant presence in the background.
For Bruce was an old school entertainer whose good humour and multiple talents brought warmth to people young and old. His appeal extended across age and class.
He had enjoyed an astonishing seven decades in show business. He was a song and dance man, a game-show host, a fast and funny friend of the stars and of course a celebrity golfer. As his friend Jimmy Starbuck pointed out. Bruce wasn’t a comedian but he always made people laugh.
It was that genial charisma underpinned by solid talent that found him equally at home compering Sunday Night at the London Palladium or presiding over carefully controlled chaos in The Generation Game. He had an intuitive knack for coining a catchphrase too.
In later years, following a surprise appearance on the BBC’s satirical news quiz Have I Got News For You, he became a popular host of Celebrity Come Dancing. Everyone loved Brucie as he was affectionately known.
He died after a series of illnesses surrounded by his family - his wife of 34 years, former Miss World Winelia, and all six children from three marriages.
It its now thought that a public memorial service will be announced at a date to be fixed and possibly held at Westminster Abbey.