Elton John is one of a string of celebrities to pay tribute to Sir Bruce Forsyth, who died yesterday at the age of 89.

Sir Elton John has said it was an “honour” to work with Sir Bruce Forsyth following the entertainer’s death aged 89.

The singer paid tribute to the “brilliant comedian, television host and lovely man” on social media, recalling the time they sang together nearly 40 years ago.

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Sir Elton, 70, 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 1978, Sir Elton was joined in a joke-filled performance of his track Your Song by Sir Bruce on one of his TV shows, and he posted a picture from their time on stage together with his tribute.

In a separate Instagram message, Sir Elton said that the entertainer was “a treasured part of my life since I was a young boy”.

Sir Elton was one of many celebrities to pay their respects.

TV and radio presenter Nicholas Parsons hailed the “most entertaining performer this country has ever produced” as he paid tribute to Sir Bruce.

The Just A Minute host remembered the “exceptional” TV legend as he spoke on BBC News just hours after Sir Bruce’s death at the age of 89 on Friday.

Comedian Rob Brydon passed on “condolences” to Sir Bruce’s family – including his wife, Wilnelia, six children and grandchildren – and This Morning’s Phillip Schofield added: “Rest in peace”.

Their comments also follow tributes from singer Boy George, Lord Alan Sugar, Match Of The Day’s Gary Lineker, BBC Radio 2 DJ Chris Evans and Good Morning Britain presenters Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid.

Comedian and actress Miranda Hart also promised to make her tribute in the form of Sir Bruce’s signature dance move at the curtain call of the West End’s production of Annie, in which she currently plays Miss Hannigan.

An emotional statement from Dame Barbara Windsor read: “This is the end of a show business era and the last of the truly all round great entertainers that this country has ever produced.

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Barbara Windsor paid tribute to Sir Bruce Forsyth.

“I am so sad as I was a massive fan and was in awe of his professionalism.

“I was lucky enough to know him and was thrilled to be at his last book launch. He will be so sadly missed by all in show business and his millions of fans.”

She said: “God bless you Bruce and my thoughts are with his beautiful wife Wilnelia who made him so very happy and his family.”