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Len Goodman, the popular longtime judge on “Dancing With The Stars,” has died, his manager confirmed.
Goodman passed away Saturday in a hospice center in Kent, England after a battle with bone cancer, according to the British Broadcasting Corporation.
His manager, Jackie Gill, announced his death Monday morning, saying in a statement that Goodman was “a much loved husband, father and grandfather who will be sorely missed by family, friends and all who knew him.”
A once professional ballroom dancer, Goodman served as a ‘DWTS’ judge from 2005 to 2022 and was known for his wry humor. He acted as head judge in the 2005 season. From 2004 to 2016, he was the top judge on the British adaption of the show called “Strictly Come Dancing.”
Friends and family took to social media to remember Goodman.
TV personality Piers Morgan tweeted a photo of himself with Goodman and a caption that read, “Always had a laugh with Len, and swapped a few strong opinions. A quintessential Londoner and a top bloke.”
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RIP Len Goodman, 78 – welder, dancer, judge, and devoted cricket & West Ham fan. Always had a laugh with Len, and swapped a few strong opinions. A quintessential Londoner and a top bloke. pic.twitter.com/RXBhLQfSPh
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) April 24, 2023
BBC Director-General Tim Davie tweeted that Goodman “appealed to all ages and felt like a member of everyone’s family.”
Goodman was 78.