Strictly Come Dancing legend Len Goodman has died at the age of 78

The world has lost another TV legend.

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Len Goodman, former head judge on Strictly Come Dancing, has died at the age of 78.

His agent said in a statement that the legendary TV personality ‘passed away peacefully’ over the weekend.

He died at a hospice in Kent after being diagnosed with bone cancer.

Jackie Gill said: “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.”


Len was a familiar face on the Strictly Come Dancing judging panel for more than a decade, as well as judging on the American version, Dancing With The Stars.

Len Goodman. Credit: BBC

He spent many years as a professional dancer, and was awarded a Life Achievement Award for his work in dancing.


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

“He appealed to all ages and felt like a member of everyone’s family. Len was at the very heart of Strictly’s success. He will be hugely missed by the public and his many friends and family.”

His fellow Strictly judge Craig Revel Horwood wrote: “I’ve just woken up to the sad news that my gorgeous colleague and dear friend Len Goodman has passed away. 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.”

The Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour account wrote: “We are saddened to hear about the passing of our beloved Len Goodman. Len was a fabulous Judge, a fierce friend and a true gentleman. Our thoughts are with his friends and family. We will miss you Mr Goodman.”

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