Elton John has said it was an "honour" to have worked with Bruce Forsyth following the veteran entertainer's death on Friday.

The Candle in the Wind singer recalled the "brilliant comedian, television host and lovely man" on social media, fondly remembering the occasion when he and Forsyth sang together almost 40 years ago.

Elton wrote on Twitter: "So sad to hear about the death of the legendary Bruce Forsyth.

"It was such an honour to work with him. My condolences to his family. #RIP"

In an Instagram message, Elton said that Forsyth was "a treasured part of my life since I was a young boy".

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Bruce's family announced his death on Friday. "A couple of weeks ago, a friend visited him and asked him what he had been doing these last 18 months," manager Ian Wilson said in the statement.

"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."

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