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24th Apr 2023

Strictly Come Dancing judge Len Goodman has died aged 78

Former Strictly Come Dancing judge Len Goodman has sadly passed away aged 78.

The dancer had bone cancer, his family confirmed.

His manager confirmed his death this morning.

“It is with great sadness to announce that Len Goodman has passed away peacefully, aged 78.

“A much loved husband, father and grandfather who will be sorely missed by family, friends and all who knew him.”

Goodman was a judge on Strictly Come Dancing since the show’s debut in 2004. He left the show in 2016 but remained on Dancing with the Stars.

He appeared as a judge on the American version of Strictly from 2005 to 2022.

Tributes have been pouring in for the dancer following news of his death.

Dan Walker said, “So sad to hear about the death of Len Goodman. He was an incredible man & an extraordinary talent.”

“His shouting of “Seven!” is now iconic. Definitely will go down as one of the best judges in Strictly history,” another said.

One added, “How very sad that the lovely Len Goodman has passed away aged 78. Spent so much time with him when I was younger learning to dance. Was always the kindest man.”

BBC Director General, Tim Davie said, “Len Goodman was a wonderful, warm entertainer who was adored by millions.”