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

“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 said.

It added that he had recently been visited by a friend who had asked him what he had been doing in the last 18 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.”