British-born American talk show icon, Jerry Springer has died at the age of 79 after battling cancer.
His family announced that the “Jerry Springer Show” host passed away peacefully at his Chicago home Thursday, 27th April.
Reports have it that Jerry Springer had been diagnosed with cancer a few months ago and took a turn for the worse this week.
A family friend and spokesman Jene Galvin said in a statement
“Jerry’s ability to connect with people was at the heart of his success in everything he tried whether that was politics, broadcasting or just joking with people on the street who wanted a photo or a word.
“He’s irreplaceable and his loss hurts immensely, but memories of his intellect, heart and humor will live on.”
Before becoming an iconic television host, Springer was a politician who served on Cincinnati’s City Council in 1971 and became elected as the city’s 56th mayor in 1977. He served one term.
Springer was best known for his famed The Jerry Springer Show, which ran for 28 seasons from 1991 to 2018.
He starred in the reality TV series Judge Jerry following the end of his talk show. At the time, Springer joked to PEOPLE the judging series was his first “grown-up job” in the 30 years since The Jerry Springer Show began.
Springer, besides hosting his own talk show, had a diverse career as a lawyer, judge, and actor. He was involved in several projects such as the popular movie “Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me,” the game show “Baggage,” the 1998 comedy “Ringmaster,” and “The Jerry Springer Podcast.”
He is survived by his daughter Katie Springer