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Thursday 16th July 2020

Wife of poorly Sir Bruce Forsyth thanks fans for their support

TV veteran is recovering from life-saving surgery

Sir Bruce Forsyth’s wife has thanked the public for their support following the TV veteran’s recovery from life-saving surgery.

Doctors discovered last year that the 88-year-old had had two aneurysms after tests were carried out following a fall at his Surrey home.

With a little bit of luck he should be back.

Lady Wilnelia, 59, said she was hoping the former Generation Game and Strictly Come Dancing host could return to public life.

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She told This Morning: “He is wonderful, really wonderful, especially the last couple of weeks. He’s been really, really good.

“I don’t expect him to go tap dancing, he’s not doing that at home, but he loves the show business and with a little bit of luck he should be back.”

She added: “I wanted to take this opportunity to say to the people, thank you.

“We have so many wonderful letters and phone calls and good wishes for him and I do believe in all this energy and positive thinking.”

Sir Bruce Forsyth
Last week, the Puerto Rican 1975 Miss World winner said she found it difficult to think about a future without her husband of 36 years.

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Sir Bruce has been out of the limelight recently, having been too frail to attend the funerals of close friends Ronnie Corbett and Sir Terry Wogan.

He announced he was leaving Strictly Come Dancing in April 2014, after nearly 10 years presenting the show.

Last month, his manager, Ian Wilson, released a statement, saying: “As is widely known, Sir Bruce is recuperating from various health issues. His sole focus at the moment is to continue getting better and he has made no formal or informal decision about retiring from show business."

Over the years he has showed no signs of slowing down and in 2013 at the age of 85, he stepped out on to the stage at Glastonbury to a standing ovation, where he performed a host of classic songs and teased the Rolling Stones frontman Sir Mick Jagger.

He returned to the stage for the first time in nearly two decades with his live one-man show at the London Palladium in March 2015, where he was hailed as “a legend”.

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Sir Bruce cemented his place in the hearts of the nation following his stint as the host of ITV’s Sunday Night at the London Palladium in 1958.

He also hosted the BBC flagship show The Generation Game from 1971 to 1977 and again at the beginning of the 1990s. At its peak, the show attracted more than 20 million viewers.