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Sir Bruce Forsyth’s beautiful gesture to his ex-wife

His heart was as big as his humour

The country was devastated Friday when news emerged that family favourite Bruce Forsyth had passed away.

For decades he had entertained the nation with shows like The Generation Game, Play Your Cards Right and, of course, Strictly Come Dancing.

But aside from being a top class entertainer, Brucie was well loved by those nearest and dearest to him because of his big heart and kind nature.

Even though he had married again, Bruce cared for his first wife Penny during her dementia battle (Credit: BBC)

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It has emerged today that even though Bruce had moved on and remarried, he kindly helped his first wife throughout the toughest time of her life.

According to The Sun, he secretly nursed his-ex wife Penny Calvert through her battle with dementia.

The pair of them met back in the 50s when she was a dancer at the legendary Windmill Theatre and married in 1953.

Bruce married Penny in 1953 when she was a dancer at the Windmill Theatre (Credit: BBC)

The pair went on to become a double act and had three daughters.

However, the couple split in 1973.

In spite of their break-up, Bruce stood by his ex-wife when she was diagnosed with dementia years later.

According to his daughter Julie, he made regular trips to see Penny when she was moved to a care home.

Speaking to the Mirror back in 2013, Julie said: “Mum suffers from severe dementia and was taken into a care home around five years ago.

“It had become impossible to care for her anymore.

“My father and I continue to visit her. She might not recognise us anymore but we won’t forget her.”

Bruce visited Penny when she was in a care home in 2013 (Credit: BBC)

Bruce was constantly on hand to help Penny through her illness and Julie revealed she is forever grateful for his kind gesture.

“Sometimes I realise just how lucky we are that Dad found love three times – and that his three wives found friendship forever,” she said.

Bruce’s death was announced on Friday and Lady Wilnelia Forsyth and family thanked “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”.

Bruce died on Friday and is survived by Lady Wilnelia Forsyth (Credit: FameFlyNet)

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In the statement they also asked for privacy so they would grieve “at this most difficult time”.

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