Dancing With the Stars judge Len Goodman dies at 78

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‘Dancing With the Stars judge Len Goodman dies at 78

ABC News reported that the Len Goodman, long-standing Dancing with the Stars judge, passed away at 78. ABC News learned of Len’s passing via his manager. In a statement released Monday, his manager stated, “Len died on Saturday evening surrounded by his family in a hospice in Kent. He has bone cancer. He kept his sense of humor throughout his illness and was a ‘true gentleman.'”

Goodman stepped down as head judge after 31 seasons on the reality dancing competition this past November. Before leaving, Goodman said, “I’ve been with the show since it started in 2005, and it has been a huge pleasure to be a part of such a wonderful show.”

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Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli, longtime cast mates, paid their respects online. Carrie Ann said via Instagram, “Saying goodbye at the end of last season broke my heart. But today’s news has shattered it all over again. I can’t believe that you’re gone. 💔 You were one of a kind, my dear friend. And I will cherish our memories and hold them close while I join so many others in mourning your loss.”

Tonioli shared on Instagram. “I will treasure the memory of our incredible adventures and hundreds of shows we did together @bbcstrictly @dancingwiththestars they will never be anyone like you we will miss you.”

Goodman also presented BBC radio programs and made TV documentaries, including a 2012 program about the sinking of the Titanic. He received the Carl Alan Award for his contributions to dance and owned the Goodman Academy dance school in southern England.


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