Bruce Forsyth, UK gameshow host and TV legend, dies at 89


Bruce Forsyth, TV legend and host for various game shows such as "The Price Is Right," has died. He was 89.

According to the BBC, the former "Strictly Come Dancing" presenter had been unwell for quite some time and was in the hospital earlier this year after a severe chest infection. He died at his home Friday afternoon surrounded by his wife and children.

According to The Guardian, Forsyth recently contracted bronchial pneumonia.

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

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9th October 1958: British entertainer and television presenter Bruce Forsyth sitting on a beach. (Photo by Reg Speller/Fox Photos/Getty Images)
Portrait of British showman and entertainer Bruce Forsyth photographed in the mid 1960's. Job: 39050 Ref: KCN - Exclusive (Photo by King Collection/Photoshot/Getty Images)
Portrait of British showman and entertainer Bruce Forsyth with former wife Penny photographed in the mid 1960's. Job: 39050 Ref: KCN - Exclusive (Photo by King Collection/Photoshot/Getty Images)
Television presenter and entertainer Bruce Forsyth, getting ready in his dressing room, London, April 21st 1964. (Photo by Les Lee/Express/Getty Images)
Bruce Forsyth appearing on a TV show, London, circa 1965. (Photo by Stanley Bielecki/ASP/Getty Images)
Bruce Forsythe, studio portrait, London, 1982. (Photo by Michael Putland/Getty Images)
Portrait of entertainer Bruce Forsyth and his girlfriend Anthea Redfern, both presenters of the BBC television show 'The Generation Game', March 28th 1973. (Photo by Frank Barratt/Keystone Features/Getty Images)
Bruce Forsyth Attends David Frost'S Annual Summer Garden Party At His Home In London'S Chelsea. (Photo by Justin Goff\UK Press via Getty Images)
LONDON - circa 2005: English entertainer and presenter Bruce Forsyth posed in London circa 2005. (Photo by Mike Prior/Getty Images)
Bruce Forsyth shooting a TV advert for the Strictly Come Dancing compilation album. 19/10/04. (Photo by Chris Lopez/Sony Music Archive/Getty Images)
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LONDON - APRIL 20: Sir Bruce Forsyth and wife Wilnelia Merced arrive at the British Academy Television Awards 2008 supported by Sky+ at the Palladium on April 20, 2008 in London, England. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)
LONDON - APRIL 20: TV presenter Sir Bruce Forsyth poses in front of the winners boards with the Fellowship Award at the British Academy Television Awards 2008 supported by Sky+ at the Palladium on April 20, 2008 in London, England. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)
Bruce Forsyth And Wife Wilnelia Arrives At Sir David Frost'S Summer Garden Party, In Carlyle Square, West London.. (Photo by Antony Jones/UK Press via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 07: Bruce Forsyth and wife Wilnelia Merced Forsyth attend the 'Piers Morgan Tonight' CNN launch Party at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel on December 7, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 26: Bruce Forsyth poses with his Special Recognition Award in front of the winners boards at the National Television Awards 2011 held at Indigo at The O2 Arena on January 26, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 31: In this handout provided by Miss World Ltd, Sir Bruce Forsyth (C) poses with his wife Wilnelia (R), a former Miss World, and the current Miss World 2010 Alexandria Mills (L) during a Miss World dinner at the Hilton Park Lane, as part of the Miss World 2011 UK Tour, on October 31, 2011 in London, United Kingdom. The tour celebrates Miss World's 60th birthday. The final of the competition will take place in Earls Court, London on Sunday 6th of November. (Photo by Ian Jones /Miss World Ltd via Getty Images) (Handout photograph from Miss World Ltd, only to be used in conjunction with Miss World Editorial Material)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 11: Sir Bruce Forsyth pictured at the BBC studios on November 11, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by SAV/FilmMagic)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 25: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME. MANDATORY CREDIT PHOTO BY DAVE M. BENETT/GETTY IMAGES REQUIRED) Bruce Forsyth (L) and Wilnelia Merced attend the National Television Awards 2012 at the O2 Arena on January 25, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Dave M. Benett/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 21: Sir Bruce Forsyth and Lady Wilnelia Forsyth receive award for their work with children without families for International charity Everychild at The Lansdowne Club on May 21, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Tim Whitby/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 03: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Bruce Forsyth performs on stage at Royal Albert Hall on May 3, 2012 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Christie Goodwin/Redferns via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 12: Olivia Colman with her Best Female in a Comedy award with presenter Bruce Forsyth during the Arqiva British Academy Television Awards 2013 at the Royal Festival Hall on May 12, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Marsland/WireImage)
VIRGINIA WATER, ENGLAND - MAY 22: Entertainer Sir Bruce Forsyth hits an approach shot during the Pro-Am round prior to the BMW PGA Championship on the West Course at Wentworth on May 22, 2013 in Virginia Water, England. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
English TV host Sir Bruce Forsyth and his wife Wilnelia Merced pose on the red carpet as they arrive at the British Academy Television Awards in London on May 12, 2013. AFP PHOTO / JUSTIN TALLIS (Photo credit should read JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)
GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND - JUNE 30: Sir Bruce Forsyth performs on the Avalon stage during day 4 of the 2013 Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm on June 30, 2013 in Glastonbury, England. (Photo by Jim Dyson/Getty Images)
BOREHAMWOOD, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 03: Tess Daly and Bruce Forsyth attend the red carpet launch for 'Strictly Come Dancing' at Elstree Studios on September 3, 2013 in Borehamwood, England. (Photo by Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 28: Sir Bruce Forsyth attends the Broadcasting Press Guild Awards sponsored by The Discovery Channel at Theatre Royal on March 28, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 10: Bruce Forsyth and Wilnelia Forsyth attend the launch of Skate at Somerset House on November 10, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 28: Bruce Forsyth attends the Pride of Britain awards at The Grosvenor House Hotel on September 28, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Marsland/WireImage)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 25: Bruce Forsyth and Winella Forsyth attend the Caudwell Children's Butterfly Ball at Grosvenor House on June 25, 2015 in London, England. PHOTOGRAPH BY Paul Treadway / Barcroft Media (Photo credit should read Paul Treadway / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
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Born in 1928, Forsyth had enjoyed a show business career spanning over 75 years, starting when he was just 14. In 2012, Guinness World Records recognized Forsyth as having the longest television career for a male entertainer.

Forsyth first came into the public eye in the mid-1950s through the ITV series, "Sunday Night at the London Palladium." Since then, he hosted several gameshows, including "The Generation Game," "Play Your Cards Right," "The Price Is Right" and "You Bet!" He co-presented "Strictly Come Dancing" from 2004 to 2013.

According to the BBC, Forsyth became Britain's best-paid TV star.

A spokesperson for Forsyth has not yet responded to TheWrap's request for comment.

Read original story Bruce Forsyth, UK Gameshow Host and TV Legend, Dies at 89 At TheWrap

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