Jerry Springer Dead at 79 newsusface

Jerry Springer, the host of the controversial Jerry Springer Show, has died. He was 79.

A family spokesperson said that Springer had been diagnosed with cancer a few months ago and had passed away at his home in the Chicago area on Thursday, according to TMZ.

“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 spokesperson for Springer’s family, said in a statement. “He’s irreplaceable and his loss hurts immensely, but memories of his intellect, heart and humor will live on.”

The statement was published by NBC affiliate WLWT, the Cincinnati TV station where Springer worked as a news anchor and commentator after his time in office as the city’s mayor and before working on the talk show that catapulted him to international stardom.

The outlet said his family have asked people to pay tribute—in the spirit of his mantra to “take care of yourself, and each other”—through acts of kindness to someone in need.

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