Sir Bruce Forsyth 'happy and laughing' after recent hospital dash

Bruce Forsyth

Sir Bruce Forsyth is back on his feet and laughing following five days in intensive care due to a chest infection.

Sir Bruce's comedian pal Jimmy Tarbuck has reassured fans that the former Strictly Come Dancing host is doing well after leaving hospital.

"It was just good to see him," he told the Sunday Mirror newspaper after meeting up with the TV legend. "Wilnelia [Bruce's wife] made some sandwiches and a nice pot of tea and we just reminisced and blethered and laughed.

"He's getting there."

Sir Bruce is understood to have spent five days in intensive care earlier this month and recently thanked doctors for their help.

"Sir Bruce Forsyth is scheduled to return home from hospital and would like to thank everyone for their good wishes," his manager Ian Wilson said in a statement. "He and his family would also like to say a special thank you to all the NHS doctors, nurses and staff at St Peter's Hospital for their kindness and care."

A pal told the Daily Mail newspaper previously: "Bruce came down with an infection last weekend, and it rapidly escalated into something very, very serious. He was rushed to St Peter’s and put straight into ICU because of his age, and the nature of his illness. He was in a lot of pain, but has been very stoical throughout."

The friend added: "Wilnelia was by his bedside virtually the entire time, and has been amazing.

"Now Bruce just wants to get home, and slowly build his strength back up again. He remains in great spirits."

Sir Bruce left Strictly Come Dancing in 2014 after a decade fronting the BBC One show.

He had hoped to continue to present the show's Christmas and Charity specials but ill health has meant Sir Bruce hasn't been on TV since 2015.

 

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