LONDON — Former Dancing With The Stars and Strictly Come Dancing judge Len Goodman has died at the age of 78, his agent Jackie Gill said on Monday.
Gill said Goodman “passed away peacefully” on Saturday in hospice care following a battle with bone cancer.
“A much-loved husband, father, and grandfather who will be sorely missed by family, friends, and all who knew him,” the statement from Gill read.
Goodman was a judge on BBC’s “Strictly Come Dancing”, a dance competition show that pairs celebrities with professional ballroom partners. He was also the head judge on the U.S. version of the show, “Dancing With the Stars,” for 15 years.
“Len was a wonderful, warm entertainer who was adored by millions,” BBC director-general Tim Davie said in a statement. “He appealed to all ages and felt like a member of everyone’s family. Len was at the very heart of ’Strictly’s success. He will be hugely missed by the public and his many friends and family.”
Goodman announced his retirement in November.
“It has been a huge pleasure to be a part of such a wonderful show,” he said on the broadcast. “But I’ve decided I’d like to spend more time with my grandchildren and family back in Britain. I could not thank you enough, my ‘Dancing With The Stars’ family, it’s been such a wonderful experience for me.”
Goodman was also a recipient of the Carl Alan Award in recognition of outstanding contributions to dance as a former dancing champion in Britain.
“Dancing With The Stars” judge Bruno Tonioli shared a photo on Twitter of the two together, saying he was heartbroken.
“Heart broken my dear friend and partner for 19 years the one and only ballroom LEGEND #LenGoodman passed away I will treasure the memories of our adventures @bbcstrictly @officialdwts there will never be anyone like you you will always be my perfect 10,” Tonioli tweeted.