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Judge Leonard Goodman Death Cause: Strictly Come Dancing Judge Die at 78!


Len Goodman, a former British exhibition dance champion who judged for a long time on the hit BBC reality show “Strictly Come Dancing” and its American version, “Dancing With the Stars,” died on Saturday in a hospice in Kent, England. He was 78.

His spokeswoman, Jackie Gill, said on Monday that he died of bone cancer. Ms. Gill also said that Mr. Goodman worked up until a few weeks ago.

Mr. Goodman was the head judge on “Strictly Come Dancing” from the show’s start in 2004 until 2016. The show has been one of the BBC’s most popular shows.

It pairs famous people with trained dancers. It has been sold in dozens of countries around the world, including the United States, where “Dancing With the Stars” debuted on ABC in 2005.

Judge Leonard Goodman Death Cause

Mr. Goodman was a judge on “Dancing With the Stars” from the show’s first season until last year. He was known for talking to contestants in a way that was funny, charming, and full of colorful words and phrases. He would say things like “se-VEN!” when the score was seven.

“He kept his sense of humor and handled his illness with a lot of grace,” Ms. Gill said.

Leonard Gordon Goodman was born in the London neighborhood of Bethnal Green. When he was 6, his family moved from Kent to Blackfen, which is now in London. He went to Westwood Secondary Modern School there. When he was 19, he began to dance.

Mr. Goodman went on to have a great career as a ballroom dancer. He won the Duel of the Giants, the British Rising Stars, the British Exhibition Championships (four times), and the World Exhibition Championships. Then, in Dartford, England, he started the Goodman Academy, a dance school.

In 1972, he got a divorce from the dancer he was married to at the time, Cherry Kingston. His wife, Sue Barrett, his son, James, and two grandkids will remember him.

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak of Britain and Camilla, the queen consort, both paid respect to Mr. Goodman after he died. In 2019, Mr. Goodman and Camilla danced with Mr. Goodman at a military members club in London.

Judge Leonard Goodman Death Cause

Heart broken “My dear friend and dance partner of 19 years, the one and only ballroom legend #lengoodman, has died,” Tonioli wrote on Instagram. “I will always remember the amazing things we did together and the hundreds of shows we did together on @bbcstrictly and @dancingwiththestars. No one will ever be like you, and we will miss you.”

Inaba wrote a touching ode to Goodman on Instagram. She called him “a dancer. A professor. A guy with class. He is a great speaker. A special soul. A guide. He has a family. And… a valuable friend.”

“Saying goodbye at the end of last season broke my heart,” she said. “But the news from today has broken it again. I can’t believe you’re no longer here.”

You were one of a kind, my dear friend,” said Inaba. And I’ll keep our memories close to my heart while I mourn your death with so many other people. Thank you for everything you told us. Your sense of fun, wisdom, wit, and truth.”

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