Lorraine announces sad news that Len Goodman has died
Len Goodman’s manager confirmed the Strictly Come Dancing star’s cause of death was bone cancer.
It was also revealed that Len was at a hospice in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, when he died, surrounded by his family.
The dancing show icon was one of the first judges on Strictly, and was on the show from its launch in 2004 for 12 years.
The judge was well known in the USA too, after appearing on the popular stateside show, Dancing With The Stars, from 2005 up until 2022.
An outpouring of love and tributes have already been posted by friends, colleagues and fans following the sad news of Len’s health battle and death.
Strictly judge Craig Revel Horwood has paid tribute to his late friend and co-star.
Taking to Twitter, he wrote: “I’ve just woken up to the sad news that my gorgeous colleague and dear friend Len Goodman has passed away. My heart and love go out to his lovely Sue and family.”
He added: “Len Goody Goodman is what I always called him and ‘It’s a ten from Len & seveeeeern’ will live with me forever. RIP Len.”
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Other Strictly stars have also paid tribute to their friend and colleague. Presenter Claudia Winkleman has called Len Goodman was ‘full of twinkle, warmth and wit’.
Posting on Twitter, the Strictly host wrote: “I’m so sad about Len. He was one of a kind, a brilliant and kind man. Full of twinkle, warmth and wit. Sending all love to his family and friends. X”.
Len was head judge of Strictly when it first hit our screens in 2004, where he was hugely popular with fans for his dance expertise, charisma, and enthusiastic marking. In 2016, he was replaced as head judge on the BBC show by Shirley Ballas.
The former professional dancer from Woolwich London, had originally wanted to be a footballer, but instead put his nifty footwork to use in the ballroom after a doctor had recommended dancing as a way to recover from an injury.
Having only started at 20 years old, Len then became famous in the Ballroom world and won several competitions including Dual of the Giants, British Rising Stars, The British Exhibition Championships (four times) and the World Exhibition Championships in the early 1970s.
Last November Len also announced he’d be stepping down from judging on America’s famous ballroom show too. He told viewers: “This will be my last season judging Dancing With the Stars.”
The dancing star was due to turn 79 tomorrow, April 25.
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