Former mayor of Cincinnati, journalist and controversial TV host Jerry Springer, died at 79 years old, his family wrote in a statement sent to WLWT, a TV station in Cincinnati.
Springer’s family told the news outlet he died peacefully Thursday at his home in Chicago. A family spokesperson told TMZ reporters Springer was diagnosed with cancer months ago and the disease worsened over the past week.
Springer was inducted as Cincinnati’s 56th mayor in 1977. However, he’s most known for his popular broadcast “The Jerry Springer Show.” The show was infamous for its controversial tabloid-style reporting and sensational on-show antics.
“Jerry’s 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,” Jene Galvin, a lifelong friend and spokesman for the family, said to WLWT. “He’s irreplaceable and his loss hurts immensely, but memories of his intellect, heart and humor will live on.”
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