Len Goodman, a former judge on “Dancing With the Stars,” has sadly passed away at the age of 78. According to his manager, the English ballroom dancing pro lost his battle with bone cancer on Saturday while under hospice care in Kent, southern England. Goodman had participated in the popular ballroom competition from 2005 until last year, where he served as head judge.
Goodman began his journey in London in 1944, where he was born. His website states that he started dancing at the age of 19 and became a professional dancer before transitioning to television. He made his final appearance on the 2016 Christmas Day special, leaving his position as head judge of the BBC dancing competition “Strictly Come Dancing” after serving in the role since its inception in 2004. Shirley Ballas took over the position after Goodman’s departure.
Len Goodman was a beloved personality who touched the hearts of millions with his talent and charm. The director-general of BBC, Tim Davie, presided over his memorial service and paid tribute to him, calling him a “wonderful, warm entertainer adored by millions.” He added that Goodman was the driving force behind the success of Strictly, and his loss will be felt deeply by the general public and his countless friends and family.
Bruno Tonioli, another “Dancing With The Stars” judge, shared a heartfelt photo of himself and Goodman hugging on Twitter, along with a message that read, “My dear friend and partner for 19 years, the 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.”
Aside from his television career, Len Goodman was also the director of the Kent-based Goodman Dance Academy. He authored several books, including his 2009 autobiography “Better Late Than Never: From Barrow Boy to Ballroom,” as well as “Dancing Around Britain” and “Lost London.” His contributions to the world of ballroom dance will not be forgotten, and he will always be remembered as a beloved personality who brought joy to many.