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27th Apr 2023

Jerry Springer: US talk show host dead aged 79

Steve Hopkins

‘He’s irreplaceable’

Jerry Springer had died aged 79.

The famous US talk show host’s passing was confirmed by his family in a statement on Thursday.

He died Thursday morning, peacefully at his home in the Chicago area.

Spokesperson Jene Galvin said: “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 humour will live on.”

An official cause of death has not been revealed.

However, TMZ reported that a family spokesperson told the outlet that the star had been diagnosed with cancer in recent months.

Springer died after battling a “brief illness”, the publisher said, saying sources told it the host had pancreatic cancer that was diagnosed a few months ago.

Springer was world famous for his TV show, which often descended into fights thanks to its oddball guests, leaving the audience cheering, “Jerry, Jerry, Jerry, Jerry!”

The Jerry Springer show first aired in September 1991 and aired for 27 years.

Prior to his broadcasting career, which included roles as a political reporter and commentator, Springer was the mayor of Cincinnati and a political campaign adviser to Robert F Kennedy.

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