Sir Bruce Forsyth’s daughter has backed furious fans after Sky News pundit Adam Boulton labelled her father’s death ‘inconsequential’.
All Out Politics presenter Boulton, 58, posted on Twitter that the British TV legend’s death was ‘inconsequential’ and ‘not lead news’ just hours after Sir Bruce’s death was announced on Friday.
A number of tweets hitting back at Boulton from furious fans were endorsed by the former Strictly host’s daughter Debbie Matthews, including one which read: ‘If your father happened to be Bruce Forsyth would you be tweeting that?
‘No. show some respect to the guy’s family. I guess empathy is a gift.’
A number of tweets hitting back at Boulton from furious fans were endorsed by the former Strictly host’s daughter Debbie Matthews (right)
All Out Politics presenter Boulton, 58, posted on Twitter that the British TV legend’s death was ‘inconsequential’ and ‘not lead news’ just hours after Sir Bruce’s death was announced on Friday
Boulton received a huge backlash for his tweet from users on the social media site.
Thomas Hornall simply replied to the tweet with a screenshot of Sky News’ website, which had the news of Sir Bruce’s death as its lead story.
Matthew Morrissey tweeted: ‘Adam, this was misjudged. Fine if you think it, but no need to tweet it. It’s refreshing that the first item made me smile.’
Ian R said: ‘I’ve a lot of respect for you as a commentator Adam but you didn’t need to make that comment even if it’s what you think. Very unnecessary.’
Another user wrote: ‘What am I reading??! How dare you! The man had the love & respect of millions, more than you ever will. Who are you anyway?! A nobody’
Robert Jane replied: ‘Why do you think this is a statement worth mkg Adam? He was a knight of the realm, a TV institution for 70+ yrs. So what if he’s lead item?’
Sir Bruce Forsyth performs on the Avalon Stage at the Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts at Worthy Farm, Pilton on June 30, 2013 in Glastonbury,
Sir Bruce Forsyth, who died on Friday at the age of 89, surrounded by his family at his Surrey home
And Piers Morgan added: ‘Brucie entertained this country for 70 years. His death is not ‘inconsequential’… he touched millions of lives.’
In a statement on Friday, his family said he died peacefully surrounded by his wife and children.
The statement read: ‘It is with great sadness that the Forsyth family announce that Sir Bruce passed away this afternoon, peacefully at his home surrounded by his wife Wilnelia and all his children.
‘A couple of weeks ago, a friend visited him and asked him what he had been doing these last eighteen months.
‘With a twinkle in his eye, he responded ‘I’ve been very, very busy… being ill!’ Unfortunately, not long after this, his health deteriorated and he contracted bronchial pneumonia.
‘The family would like to express their thanks to 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.’
Entertainer Bruce Forsyth and his wife Wilnelia celebrate his award of a CBE in 2005
Sir Bruce was a father-of-six, with five daughters from his first two marriages and one son from his last and current marriage to Lady Forsyth.
Sir Bruce was loved around the country for his 75-year TV career presenting shows including The Generation Game, Play Your Cards Right and Strictly Come Dancing.
Fans, viewers and leading figures in showbusiness expressed their sadness and grief today after it was announced Sir Bruce had passed away.
Piers Morgan said: ‘One of Britain’s greatest ever entertainers & a lovely man. Very sad news.’
BBC Director-General Tony Hall said: ‘One of the greatest entertainers our country has ever known.’