Len Goodman, beloved ex-‘Dancing with the Stars’ choose, dies at 78 – Nationwide

Former Dancing with the Stars head choose Len Goodman has died. He was 78.

Information of Goodman’s loss of life was confirmed by his supervisor, Jackie Gill, in an announcement launched Monday morning.

“It’s with nice unhappiness to announce that Len Goodman has handed away peacefully, aged 78,” Gill stated. “A much-loved husband, father and grandfather who shall be sorely missed by household, associates and all who knew him.”

Goodman, who had bone most cancers, died in a hospice in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, surrounded by his household.

Showing on DWTS from 2005 till 2022, Goodman was usually credited with reigniting world curiosity in ballroom dancing by way of his work on numerous widespread competitors reveals. He additionally served as a choose on the British model of the present, Strictly Come Dancing, from 2004 to 2016.

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Goodman, a former title-winning ballroom dancer, gained the affections of viewers on either side of the Atlantic Ocean along with his witty feedback and Cockney accent. “You floated throughout that flooring like butter on a crumpet,” he remarked after one foxtrot. He praised a salsa-dancing couple as “like two scorching sausages on a barbecue.”

Goodman introduced his retirement from DWTS final yr, after serving on the choose’s panel for 31 seasons. Throughout his final look on the present, Goodman obtained a standing ovation from the in-house viewers.

In his lifetime, he additionally offered BBC radio packages and made TV documentaries, together with a 2012 program concerning the sinking of the Titanic. (As a younger man, Goodman labored as a shipyard welder for the corporate that had constructed the doomed ship.)

He additionally owned the Goodman Academy dance faculty in southern England.

Buckingham Palace stated Camilla, the queen consort, was “saddened to listen to” of Goodman’s loss of life. The spouse of King Charles III is a fan of Strictly and danced with Goodman at a 2019 occasion celebrating the British Dance Council.


Camilla, then-Duchess of Cornwall, dances with Len Goodman throughout a dance efficiency organized by the British Dance Council in affiliation with The Royal Osteoporosis Society at Carisbrooke Corridor on Sept. 5, 2019, in London, England.


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British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s spokesman stated Goodman was “an excellent entertainer” who could be “missed by many.”

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Social media tributes to the lionized dance choose have additionally poured in on-line.

English broadcaster and TV persona Piers Morgan shared a photograph of him and Goodman dancing collectively hand in hand.

“All the time had amusing with Len, and swapped a couple of robust opinions,” Morgan wrote. “A quintessential Londoner and a prime bloke.”

Bruno Tonioli, who was a choose alongside Goodman on DWTS, stated Goodman would “at all times be my good 10,” a nod to Goodman’s signature “10 from Len” judging catchphrase.

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Darcey Bussell, a former Strictly Come Dancing choose, stated Goodman “gave me such help on my time at Strictly.

“I really feel so fortunate to have labored with such an expert, humorous loveable man,” she wrote.

British TV persona Robert Rinder known as Goodman “a uncommon gentleman: Variety, charming, exacting, encouraging & danced like a dream.”

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Craig Revel Horwood, additionally a former Strictly Come Dancing choose, despatched like to Goodman’s spouse and household.

With recordsdata from The Related Press

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