Len Goodman, a Strictly Come Dancing legend, died at age 78.

From 2004 to 2016, Goodman was the head judge on the BBC’s popular dance show.

He died quietly over the weekend at a hospice in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, surrounded by his family. He was suffering from bone cancer.

Goodman’s spokesperson confirmed the news to MailOnline: “I can confirm he died peacefully over the weekend surrounded by his family.”

The Director-General of the BBC Tim Davie paid tribute to the star: “Len was at the very heart of Strictly’s success. He will be hugely missed by the public and his many friends and family.”

Goodman was also a judge on the American talent show Dancing with the Stars from 2005 to November 2022, when he announced his intention to resign to spend more time with his grandchildren and his wife, Sue.

Len Goodman

Len Goodman

When he was nineteen years old, a doctor recommended that he start dancing as a form of therapy for a foot injury. Goodman’s dancing career took off from there, and by the time he was in his late twenties, he had won the British Championships in Blackpool.

Fans have been devastated by the news of Goodman’s death.

One fan wrote: “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. RIP X”

Len Goodman

Another said: “RIP Len Goodman this is a shock he was the man we all thought was indestructible met him several times he said he would personally give me some dance lessons if I ever got Strictly really sad.”

While a third wrote: “So sad to hear that Len Goodman has passed away loved him on strictly come dancing. My thoughts are with his family and friends at this very sad time. Don’t forget to keep dancing up there.”

Rest in peace, Len Goodman.