Sir Bruce Forsyth ‘doing fantastic’ after ‘rough year’ says daughter

Emma Powell
On the mend: Sir Bruce Forsyth is recovering at home: Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA

Sir Bruce Forsyth is “doing fantastic” after enduring a “rough year”, his daughter has said.

The TV veteran, 89, recently returned home after a five day stay in intensive care with a severe chest infection.

Debbie Matthews said her father is on the mend, and has had his whole family rallying around him to help him recuperate.

Speaking on This Morning she said: “He’s good. It’s been a rough year but he’s doing fantastic. We’ve all been together.

“He’s just been amazing. He’s a wonderful father – very proud of him.”

'Wonderful father': Debbie Matthews on This Morning (Ken McKay/ITV/Rex)

Forsyth was rushed to St Peter's Hospital in Surrey with a serious chest infection earlier this month. After five days he returned home with his wife Lady Wilnelia.

A friend of the entertainer told the Daily Mail: “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.”

Forsyth has endured a bout of health issues over the last few years. He underwent surgery in 2015 after he suffered two aneurysms, which were discovered when tests were carried out following a fall at his Surrey home.

As a result he was forced to turn down several public appearances including Ronnie Corbett’s funeral and the Strictly Come Dancing Christmas special.

Speaking on This Morning in November, Wilnelia said her husband is keen to return to work: “You know, I don’t expect him to go tap dancing - but he loves showbusiness and I’m sure with a little bit of luck, he should be back.”

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