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.
Jerry Springer Passes Away At Age 79 💔🕊️ Rest in Paradise Legend 🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/6SPWSIQVp4
— Raphousetv (RHTV) (@raphousetv2) April 27, 2023
Oh no…RIP Jerry Springer 🙏…thank you for giving 90s kids something to watch when we stayed home "sick" from school pic.twitter.com/zXmHQtGN1x
— Wu Tang is for the Children (@WUTangKids) April 27, 2023
Jerry Springer’s “Final Thought” was actually good life wisdom and he’d finish it with “Take care of yourselves and each other” pic.twitter.com/T5IeTgthlN
— 𝐄𝐱𝐚𝐯𝐢𝐞𝐫 𝐏𝐨𝐩𝐞 (@exavierpope) April 27, 2023