It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of famed talk show host Jerry Springer. He was 79 years old. Jerry passed away peacefully at his Chicago home on Thursday, surrounded by his family.
A few months ago, Jerry had been diagnosed with cancer, and his condition had taken a turn for the worse this week. Jene Galvin, a lifelong friend and spokesman for the family, said of Jerry, “His 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 humor will live on.”
Jerry had a long and varied career before becoming an iconic television host. He served on Cincinnati’s City Council in 1971 and was elected as the city’s mayor in 1977, serving one term. He then became a news anchor and commentator at WLWT in the Ohio city before launching his eponymous series in 1991. The show ran for 27 seasons until 2018, when he launched “Judge Jerry” which aired for three seasons.
Plans for a funeral and memorial gathering are in development. We will miss Jerry Springer dearly and our thoughts are with his family during this difficult time.