Forsyth was born in Victoria Road, Edmonton, Middlesex, London.
His long career in showbusiness began when he was aged just 14, and bacame Britain's best-paid TV star.
He was famous for hosting family game shows like The Generation Game, Play Your Cards Right and The Price is Right.
Showbusiness veteran Bruce Forsyth dies aged 89pic.twitter.com/eYGoSo1zaQ— #JC4PM 🌹 (@Jezza4_PM) August 18, 2017
A statement from his manager, Ian Wilson, 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 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!'"
Sir Bruce's family expressed 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".
They said there would be no further comment at the moment and asked for their privacy to be respected "at this most difficult time".
Saddened to hear that Sir Bruce Forsyth has passed away. One of television's great entertainers. Didn't he do well. #RIPBrucie
RIP the quite brilliant entertainer Sir Bruce Forsyth. Loved by all. Sleep peacefully sir x
Sad news about Sir Bruce Forsyth what legend of entertainment. He was a friend. The whole country will miss him RIP
We've lost one of the absolute greats in entertainment.... RIP Bruce Forsyth. Sending your family love and light. Xxxx
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