Sir Bruce Forsyth thanks doctors following five days in intensive care

Bruce Forsyth

Sir Bruce Forsyth is "in great spirits" following five days in intensive care due to a chest infection.

The former Strictly Come Dancing host is said to be in a "stable condition" after being taken to hospital last weekend.

Sir Bruce is understood to have spent five days in intensive care but is now on the mend, according to friends, and set to return home with his wife Wilnelia.

"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 in the week: "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.

Sir Bruce's manager previously insisted that Sir Bruce still had no plans to retire from his day job.

"His sole focus at the moment is to continue getting better and he has made no formal or informal decision about retiring from showbusiness," he told the BBC.

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