Monday, April 24, 2023 9:45AM
Len Goodman, the urbane, long-serving judge on “Dancing with the Stars” and “Strictly Come Dancing,” has died, his agent said Monday. He was 78.
He was 78 years old.
Goodman’s agent said he “passed away peacefully,” Saturday evening in hospice care surrounded by his family.
The former professional dancer had been battling bone cancer.
As a British champion, Goodman was a judge on “Strictly Come Dancing” for 12 years from its launch on the BBC in 2004. The ballroom dancing competition, which pairs celebrities with professional dance partners, has become one of the network’s most popular shows.
Goodman served as the head judge on “Dancing with the Stars” from the show’s debut until he retired last November.
BBC director-general Tim Davie said Goodman was “a wonderful, warm entertainer who was adored by millions. He appealed to all ages and felt like a member of everyone’s family. Len was at the very heart of ‘Strictly’s success. He will be hugely missed by the public and his many friends and family.”
Goodman was also a recipient of the Carl Alan Award in recognition of outstanding contributions to dance, and owned the Goodman Academy dance school in southern England.
WABC Meteorologist and former “Dancing with the Stars” contestant Sam Champion reflected on what Goodman meant to him.
Goodman would have turned 79 years old on Tuesday.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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