TV legend Jerry Springer has died at the age of 79

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TV host Jerry Springer – real name: Gerald Norman Springer – has passed away at the age of 79, a spokesperson has confirmed.

In a statement given to the BBC, Jene Galvin – a friend of Springer's and spokesman for the family – described him as "irreplaceable".

"Jerry's ability to connect with people was at the heart of his success in everything he tried whether that was politics, broadcasting or just joking with people on the street who wanted a photo or a word," he said. "He's irreplaceable and his loss hurts immensely, but memories of his intellect, heart and humour will live on."

Although Galvin did not confirm Springer's cause of death, according to a source who spoke to TMZ, the presenter was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer just a few months ago, but this week his condition deteriorated and he passed away peacefully at his home in Chicago.

Prior to his broadcasting career, Springer served as the Mayor of Cincinnati from 1977 to 1978 before moving into regional television. He later became a household name when he fronted the popular but controversial daytime chat show, The Jerry Springer Show. The show, which ran from 1991 to 2018, featured an array of guests seeking solutions to their problems, similar to that of ITV's The Jeremy Kyle Show.

As well as presenting The Jerry Springer Show, Springer was also know for hosting America’s Got Talent from 2007 to 2008. More recently, he turned his hand to a new show: Judge Jerry.

Springer's last TV performance was in 2022, when he appeared on the The Masked Singer US, performing as 'The Beetle'.

Our thoughts are with Springer's loved ones at this difficult time.

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