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Len Goodman, who was known as a judge on Strictly Come Dancing and its American counterpart, Dancing with the Stars, died on Saturday (April 22) He was 78 years old.
Goodman’s manager, Jackie Gill, told BBC he died in Tunbridge Wells, Kent following a battle with bone cancer. Gill said:
“It is with great sadness to announce that Len Goodman has passed away peacefully, aged 78. A much loved husband, father and grandfather who will be sorely missed by family, friends and all who knew him.”
Upon hearing the news of Goodman’s death, his colleagues took to social media to express their grief. Tributes came from his DWTS co-stars Julianne Hough, Derek Hough, Tom Bergeron, Bruno Tonioli, Carrie Ann Inaba, Kym Johnson-Herjavec, and many more.
Inaba said, “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.”
Julianne Hough, who’s known Goodman since she was ten years old, said:
“What an honor it has been to have been a part of your wonderful life. You’re a legend and left a beautiful legacy. I love you forever.“
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Additionally, Dancing with the Stars shared a statement about Goodman’s death on its own social media pages. The show said:
“Len Goodman will always be an icon in the world of ballroom dance, and we were lucky to have him as part of our ‘Dancing with the Stars’ family for 31 seasons. He was warm and caring, and always delivered genuine guidance. We are devastated by the news of his passing and our hearts are with his family during this very difficult time.”
The show shared their statement next to a photo of Goodman smiling at the judges’ table. You can see the post below.
We join the DWTS family in sending our prayers to Goodman’s loved ones during this sad time. He will be missed.