People from all over the world sent their condolences after “Dancing With the Stars” judge, Len Goodman passed away. The reality star died of bone cancer over the weekend at the age of 78 while in hospice care.
Goodman was also the head judge of the British version of “Dancing With the Stars” from 2004 to 2016. His knowledge of dance and dry sense of humor made him a huge hit among fans.
It is with great sadness to announce that Len Goodman has passed away peacefully, aged 78,
a statement from his agent said.
A much-loved husband, father, and grandfather who will be sorely missed by family, friends, and all who knew him.
Goodman started dancing at the age of 19, and in his late 20s, he won several competitions, including the British Championships in Blackpool. When the news of his death first came out, his colleagues from “Strictly Come Dancing” in the UK led tributes to him.
“Thank you for special memories”
Craig Revel Horwood, a judge on “Strictly Come Dancing,” said that Goodman was a “gorgeous colleague and dear friend” in his tribute.
I’ve just woken up to the sad news that my gorgeous colleague and dear friend Len Goodman has passed away,
he tweeted, adding,
My heart and love go out to his lovely Sue and family. Len Goody Goodman is what I always called him and ‘It’s a ten from Len & seveeeeern’ will live with me forever. RIP Len.
“Strictly Come Dancing” host Claudia Winkleman said that Goodman was “full of twinkle, warmth, and wit.” She wrote,
I’m so sad about Len. He was one of a kind, a brilliant and kind man. Full of twinkle, warmth, and wit. Sending all love to his family and friends. X.
Darcey Bussell, a former judge on “Strictly Come Dancing,” chimed in,
Very sad to hear about the death of a dear wonderful gentleman, Len Goodman. My heart goes out to his family & dear Sue. He gave me such support on my time at Strictly. I feel so lucky to have worked with such a professional, funny loveable man. Thank you for the special memories x.
Bruno Tonioli, one of the other judges on “Dancing with the Stars,” said,
[Heartbroken] my dear friend and partner for 19 years the one and only ballroom LEGEND #LenGoodman passed away I will treasure the memories of our adventures @bbcstrictly @officialdwts there will never be anyone like you you will always be my perfect 10.
“It’s a 10 from us all”
Not only did people who worked on the British dance show to pay tribute to the late star, but many other well-known people did as well. Susanna Reid, a TV host, tweeted that Goodman was “a beautiful man.”
Oh this is such an awful shock and so sad. Len was an absolute legend & the definition of a proper gent. He was a beautiful man with a huge sense of humor who had such a mischievous turn of phrase. I’ll never forget ‘all bounce, bum & bongos’. My love to his family.
Presenter Piers Morgan added,
More very sad news from the world of entertainment… RIP Len Goodman, 78 – welder, dancer, judge, and devoted cricket & West Ham fan. Always had a laugh with Len, and swapped a few strong opinions. A quintessential Londoner and a top bloke.
Welsh crooner Aled Jones chimed in,
Sad to hear of the death of Len Goodman – loved him to bits! Such a kind, fun and lovely man.
British barrister Robert Rinder wrote,
A rare gentleman: Kind, charming, exacting, encouraging & danced like a dream…Thank you for bringing so much joy. RIP Len Goodman…It’s a 10 from us all.
Russell Grant was on Strictly in 2011, and he remembered his catchphrase.
The wonderful Len Goodman has left us,
He was so kind and lovely to me when I was on and we met on other programs including his own filmed at BBC Glasgow. The word legend is overused but Len and his ‘SEVEN’ became a catchphrase across UK & USA. A true character.
Tom Bergeron, who used to host “Dancing With the Stars,” put up a collage of photos with Goodman on his Instagram.
A good man, indeed. RIP,
he wrote in the caption.