Jerry Springer dies aged 79 – cause of talk show host’s death revealed
Jerry Springer has died aged 79, the talk show host’s devastated family has revealed.
A statement from his family confirmed that he passed away peacefully at his home in Chicago on Thursday morning.
A source has said Jerry was battling pancreatic cancer after being diagnosed a few months ago, with his health sadly taking a turn for the worse this week.
“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,” family spokesman Jene Galvin said.
“He’s irreplaceable and his loss hurts immensely.
“But memories of his intellect, heart and humour will live on,” Jene told TMZ.
Comedian Loni Love took to Twitter to pay tribute to Jerry as she shared a sweet snap of them together.
Alongside it, she wrote: “What I loved about Jerry Springer was the way he connected with people in a unique and authentic manner. This is why as a talk show host he excelled… condolences to his family and fans on his passing..”
News anchor Nick Foley tweeted: “His shows over the years could certainly raise some eyebrows but on the few occasions I got to briefly interview him over the years #JerrySpringer was always a class act and a pleasure to speak to.
TV commentator Adam Brooks added: “Jerry Springer has died, now that’s a name that reminds me of growing up. RIP.”
Jerry’s heartbroken fans have also been paying tribute to the star, with one person writing: “RIP to an absolute legend, jerry springer you will always be famous.”
Another wrote: “Damn Jerry Springer died !!! One of a kind man here !!!”
Just weeks before his death, Jerry was pictures enjoying a St Patrick’s Day parade in Ybor City.
Sharing a picture of himself on social media, he wrote: “Thank you to @mortampa for a great time at the Rough Riders St. Patrick’s Parade in Ybor City! I’ll be back.”
Jerry wowed fans just six months ago as he took part in The Masked Singer in what would be his last TV appearance.
He was unmasked as the Beetle when he was eliminated in October last year. In the episode, the crowd started chanting the star’s name once his identity was revealed.
The American broadcaster is well-known for hosting the hit tal show The Jerry Springer Show for 27 years, which saw many outrageous guests appear in front of a cheering audience.
A year before his death, Jerry retired from TV and made a heartbreaking vow to “enjoy life” and “try out retirement while I’m still healthy”.
When The Jerry Springer Show came to an end in July 2018, NBC executives decided they wanted to keep him signed and convinced him to host Judge Jerry.
After three seasons Judge Jerry was cancelled due to a decreasing viewership in March 2022. When the news was announced, Springer said he “wants to try out retirement while I’m still healthy.”
“I’m 78 and have been in front of the camera now for 40 years, plus 10 years in politics. I’m winding down,” he explained on David Yontef’s Behind the Velvet Rope podcast.
Before becoming a world-famous TV personality, Jerry ran a failed campaign for US Congress in 1970.
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