Popular talk show host Jerry Springer has died at the age of 79.
The “Jerry Springer Show” host passed away peacefully at his Chicago home Thursday, his family announced. Jerry had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer a few months ago and took 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,” said Jene Galvin, a lifelong friend and spokesman for the family.
“He’s irreplaceable and his loss hurts immensely, but memories of his intellect, heart and humor will live on.”
Plans for Mr. Springer’s funeral as well as a memorial gathering are currently being planned.
About Jerry Springer
Before Jerry Springer became an American television presenter, actor, and former politician. Jerry was born on February 13, 1944, in London, England. His family migrated to the United States in 1949, settling in New York City. Springer attended Tulane University, where he earned a political science degree in 1965. He later received a law degree from Northwestern University School of Law in 1968.
In the early 1970s, Springer worked as a lawyer for a law firm in Cincinnati, Ohio. He then became a political campaign advisor and was elected to the Cincinnati City Council in 1971. In 1977, he was elected mayor of Cincinnati, serving one term.
After leaving politics, Springer turned to television and began hosting his self-titled talk show, “The Jerry Springer Show,” in 1991. The show gained notoriety for its controversial topics, including sensationalist and often violent conflicts between guests. Despite being criticized for promoting vulgarity, the show was a commercial success, running for 27 seasons before ending in 2018.
Apart from his work on television, Springer has also appeared in films and TV shows, including “Ringmaster” (1998) and “Dancing with the Stars” (2006). He has also hosted several other TV programs, including “America’s Got Talent” and “The Price is Right Live.”
Jerry Springer’s career has been marked by controversy, and he has been both praised and criticized for his contributions to the entertainment industry. However, he remains a well-known figure in American popular culture.