Len Goodman, the late “Dancing With the Stars” judge, died after prostate cancer spread to his bones, according to his death certificate, the Daily Express reported on Sunday.
Goodman, a longtime ballroom dancer, died in April at the age of 78, while surrounded by his family in a hospice in Kent, U,K. He is survived by his wife, Sue Barrett, and his son James.
Goodman’s death was confirmed by his agent, Jackie Gill, who said in a statement at the time that he was “a much-loved husband, father and grandfather who will be sorely missed by family, friends and all those who knew him.”
Goodman first rose to television fame as a judge on the British dance competition show “Strictly Come Dancing” in 2004, serving in the role for 12 years. When “Dancing With the Stars” first aired in the U.S. in 2005, Goodman was quick to join the judging team.
The late judge had previously discussed his own health issues, revealing in 2009 that he had a cancerous tumor on his prostate gland removed and in 2019 revealed he had skin cancer removed from his forehead.
The “Better Late Than Never” author urged others to “get checked up every year,” saying, “Medicine is [so advanced] now that if you do get something, then hopefully they can catch it early and you have a good chance.”
Goodman announced his retirement from his long career with “Dancing With the Stars” in November 2022, saying at the time, “I’ve been with the show since it started in 2005 and it has been a huge pleasure to be a part of such a wonderful show but I’ve decided I want to spend more time with my children and family.”
“I cannot thank enough the family of ‘Dancing with the Stars,’” he added. “It has been such a wonderful experience for me.”
During the show’s season 32 premiere, which aired earlier this week, and was the first show for the series since Goodman’s death, he was honored by the other judges on the show.
Co-hosts Julianne Hough and Alfonso Ribeiro gave a tribute to the judge during their opening monologue.
“We’re obviously missing a big part of our ‘Dancing With the Stars’ family tonight,” Ribeiro said after introducing current judges Derek Hough, Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli.
Hough called Goodman “irreplaceable,” explaining that the show had found a way to “keep his spirit alive,” before Hough and Ribeiro revealed the iconic Mirrorball trophy had been renamed the “Len Goodman Mirrorball Trophy” in his honor.
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