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According to his death certificate obtained by The Daily Express, The 78-year-old’s cause of death was prostate cancer that had spread to his bones ultimately costing his life.
The news of his death came in April of this year (2023) when Goodman’s agent shared the news that the iconic judge “died peacefully, surrounded by his family” in the hospital.
Before Goodman was a judge on the U.S. television show, Dancing with the Stars on ABC, he was a judge on BBC’s ballroom dancing competition called Strictly Come Dancing. Goodman eventually retired from the competitive dancing show after 31 seasons. His reason for retirement was to spend more time with family.
“It’s been a huge pleasure to be a huge part of such a wonderful show,” the television personality stated in November 2022 during the DWTS semi-final. “I cannot thank you enough, the DWTS family. It has been such a wonderful experience for me. I’m looking forward to next week’s finale. I’m sure it’s going to be absolutely brilliant.”
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Born in London in 1944, Goodman was a professional ballroom dancer himself. He earned many awards for his dancing and was eventually known to take the stage with the competitors on Dancing with the Stars to show off his own skills. Some of Goodman’s most notable dancing moments include his romantic Latin routine with Cherry Kingston during the 1971 German Showdance Championships. He also shared a dance with Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla, for the 90th anniversary of the British Dance Council at the Victory Services Club in London.
Goodman’s passing was announced by his manager, Jackie Gill, not long after after he entered hospice. “It is with great sadness to announce that Len Goodman has passed away peacefully, aged 78,” Goodman’s manager shared in the statement to BBC News. “A much loved husband, father and grandfather who will be sorely missed by family, friends and all who knew him.”
To see a throwback of Goodman dancing with Cherry Kingston during the 1971 German Showdance Championships, check out the video below.