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Sir Bruce Forsyth's family say their “hearts are truly broken” as they thanks fans for support following entertainer's death

Sir Bruce Forsyth’s family have said their “hearts are truly broken” following the TV icon’s death last week.

The legendary entertainer died aged 89 on Friday holding the hand of devoted third wife Wilnelia and surrounded by all six of his children.

On Monday, Wilnelia and Sir Bruce’s children sent a statement to The One Show as they paid tribute to him with a special show.

Reading the message, presenter Matt Baker said: “Our hearts are truly broken and the tributes paid to him in the last few days have helped us tremendously through this very difficult time.

Sir Bruce’s family sent a statement in to the One Show

“It’s been humbling and comforting to us to realise just how much Bruce was loved and how many lives he touched,” they shared

“It’s been humbling and comforting to us to realise just how much Bruce was loved and how many lives he touched.”

The same day, Tess Daly also thanked her former colleague for a decade of happy memories working together on Strictly Come Dancing in a heartfelt social media tribute.

The presenter shared a backstage selfie of the pair together two years ago as they filmed a Strictly special for Children In Need and revealed she never stopped “pinching herself” after landing the job to host the show by his side.

Frontman for the popular BBC show since its launch, he pulled out due to illness three years ago and was replaced by Claudia Winkleman.

“Forever in my heart,” Daly wrote. “This is one of my favourite photos with Bruce. It was the last time we worked together in the studio in November 2015, for the Children in Need Strictly Special. It’s hard to believe he is gone. He will be so greatly missed by us all.

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Tess released a tribute to Sir Bruce on her Instagram page on Monday

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“I grew up watching him on Tv then spent 10 years pinching myself that I was standing by his side in the studio on Strictly Come Dancing. “Thank you Brucie for the good times. I will never forget. xxxxxxxx”

Daly was one of the first to share a tribute about her former colleague following the news of his death on Friday.

Describing him as a mentor, a friend, a gentleman, and a true legend, she said in a statement: “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.”

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