| Sir Bruce Forsyth to be honoured on Strictly Come Dancing with tribute dance

August 23, 2017


2017-08-23 03:21:24

Bruce Forsyth presented Strictly Come Dancing alongside Tess Daly Bruce Forsyth presented Strictly Come Dancing alongside Tess Daly [BOOKr]

The legendary presenter sadly passed away aged 89 on Friday, surrounded by all of his family and holding the hand of his wife Wilnelia Merced.

Bosses are apparently ensuring they mark his tragic passing in a way he would appreciate, opting for a huge dance number in his memory. The show is set to launch early next month.

Strictly’s executive producer Louise Rainbow told The Sun: “The thoughts of everyone here are still very much with Sir Bruce’s family.

Bruce ForsythBruce Forsyth passed away aged 89 [Wenn]
Sir Bruce Forsyth will not return to Strictly Come Dancing for the Christmas special this yearSir Bruce Forsyth hosted Strictly Come Dancing  [BBC]

“Of course, we will be paying tribute to Sir Bruce at our launch show and this will include a heartfelt performance from our Strictly professional dancers.

“We all want to celebrate him and all that he loved about the show. Sir Bruce was, and will always be, a huge part of Strictly Come Dancing.”

Shortly after his death, fellow Strictly host Tess Daly also payed an emotional tribute to the star – after she worked with him on the show from 2004.

Bruce Forsyth's health updateBruce Forsyth and wife Wilnelia Merced [Wenn]

Tess went on to host the BBC dancing show with Sir Bruce for more than a decade.

The pair weren’t just colleagues, they also became close friends and Tess has paid an emotional tribute to the iconic figure after he died aged 89.

She said in a statement which she posted on Twitter: “There are no words to describe how heartbroken I am to be told the saddest news that my dear friend Sir Bruce Forsyth has passed away…

The Strictly team tweeted their devastation about the heartbreaking news that Sir Bruce Forsyth had died, along with their statementThe Strictly team tweeted their devastation about the heartbreaking news, along with their statement [Twitter]

“From the moment we met, Bruce and I did nothing but laugh our way through a decade of working together on Strictly Come Dancing and I will never forget his generosity, his brilliant sense of humour and his drive to entertain the audiences he so loved.

“He has been there for me as a co-host, a mentor but most importantly as a friend and I’m extremely fortunate to have worked alongside the man who defined Saturday Night Entertainment for so many decades.

“He was a gentleman and a true legend. I will miss him deeply. My heart goes out to Winnie his wife and his beautiful family at this sad time.”

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