Dancing With the Stars Judge Len Goodman Dead at 78

Dancing With the Stars Judge Len Goodman Dead at 78

Sad news for the dance world this morning. Len Goodman, who was the head judge on Dancing With the Stars and Strictly Come Dancing, has died. He was 78 years old.

The former ballroom icon is said to have been surrounded by his family in the hospital at the time of his death.

“It is with great sadness to announce that Len Goodman has passed away peacefully, aged 78,” Goodman’s rep said in a statement to the media. “A much loved husband, father and grandfather who will be sorely missed by family, friends and all who knew him.”

According to BBC News, Len’s manager revealed that  the Strictly Come Dancing alum battled bone cancer and died in hospice care April 22 “surrounded by his family.”

Len had announced his retirement from DWTS earlier this year, saying he wanted to spend more  time with his family. He is survived by his wife Sue and son James.

TVGrapevine sends condolences to his loved ones.

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