Sir Bruce Forsyth 'too unwell' to attend Ronnie Corbett's funeral

Veteran entertainer Sir Bruce Forsyth will miss the funeral of Ronnie Corbett because he is too unwell attend.

The 85-year-old comedian is set to be laid to rest on Monday - but Sir Bruce is expected to remain at his Surrey home as he continues to recover from keyhole surgery.

Sir Bruce Forsyth
Sir Bruce Forsyth (Ian West/PA)

Sir Bruce, 88, suffered a fall last October, causing a swelling of the main blood vessel from his heart, which required him to have surgery on the abdominal aortic aneurysm. The operation last year was said to be a "complete success".

His manager, Ian Wilson, told the Daily Mirror that Sir Bruce is "two or three weeks away" from being "out and about".

"If he asked my advice I'd tell him not to go to the funeral," he said.

Robert Powell, Bruce Forsyth, Chris Evans Ronnie Corbett & Jimmy Tarbuck before the start of Alfred Dunhill Celebrity Challenge Golf at Wentworth in aid of the new Northern Ireland Children's Hospice
Bruce and Ronnie at a charity golf tournament (Tim Ockenden/PA)

Ronnie was one of Britain's best-loved entertainers and his partnership with Ronnie Barker in the BBC sketch show was one of the most popular of the 1970s and 1980s.

Ronnie's funeral, which is by invitation only, will take place at St John the Evangelist Church in Shirley, followed by a short service at Croydon Crematorium, family friend Michael Thornton said.

File photo of Ronnie Corbett
Ronnie Corbett (Katie Walker/PA)

It is expected the comedian's daughters will pay tribute, and a wake will follow at Addington Golf Club.

Former Strictly Come Dancing host Sir Bruce led tributes and spoke of his sadness following the death of Ronnie at the end of March.

In a statement at the time, Sir Bruce said: "I have lost a close and very dear friend and we have all lost one of the greatest comedians and entertainers this country has known."

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