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Longtime US talk show host Jerry Springer dies aged 79

Jerry Springer has been one of the most influential and controversial figures in TV history

Longtime US talk show host Jerry Springer has died at the age of 79.

Springer had been famous as he mediated rocky relationships and family feuds over decades on his tabloid talk show that ran for 27 years.

The former Cincinnati mayor and longtime TV host passed away peacefully at his home in Chicago after “a brief illness,” TMZ cited a family spokesperson as saying.

The spokesman did not give further details.

TMZ, citing anonymous sources, reported that Jerry Springer had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer a few months ago.

In the late 1990s, the Jerry Springer show topped the daytime television ratings in the US, beating out even Oprah. It ended its run in 2018.

 Springer always ended the show with the catchphrase: “Take care of yourself and each other”.

Springer was the mayor of Cincinnati and a political campaign adviser to Robert F Kennedy.

Tributes continue to pour on social media timelines following the news of Springer’s demise.






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