Strictly Come Dancing judge Len Goodman has died aged 78
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Former Strictly Come Dancing judge Len Goodman has passed away at the age of 78 after being diagnosed with bone cancer.
Goodman had been residing in a hospice in Tunbridge Wells in Kent before he passed away on Saturday (22 April) following a short illness.
A spokeswoman for the judge confirmed his passing to MailOnline, saying: "I can confirm he died peacefully over the weekend surrounded by his family."
Fans described Goodman as 'one of the best judges in Strictly history' following his stint on the dancing show from 2004 to 2016, where he acted as head judge.
He became a professional dancer after getting into the activity at the age of 19, after which he won a number of competitions including the British Championships in Blackpool.
The year after he joined Strictly, Goodman became head judge on America's Dancing with the Stars, where he stayed until 2022.
Goodman announced his departure from the US show last year, telling fans: "This will be my last season judging Dancing With the Stars.
"I've been on the show since it started in 2005, and it has been a huge pleasure to be a part of such a wonderful show but I've decided I want to spend more time with my grandchildren and family back in Britain."
Goodman is described on his official website as having loved 'dance, music, history, architecture and cricket'.
It adds: "Len is always eager to learn and has recently started to bake cakes and since his series with Ainsley loves trying new food. He is also a keen traveller."
Goodman is fondly remembered by fans, many of who have paid tribute to the dancer following the news of his passing this morning.
"RIP Len Goodman. His shouting of 'Seven!' is now iconic. Definitely will go down as one of the best judges in Strictly history," one person wrote on Twitter.
Another also referenced Goodman's Strictly days as they wrote: "Argh #LenGoodman has died. How sad, really liked him. Now he’ll say SEVEN in Heaven….go dance with the Angels Len."
A third added: "Very sad news about Len Goodman who was a gentleman who inspired millions in a love of dance. RIP."
As well as acting as a judge on the television shows, Goodman appeared in a number of documentaries throughout his career including Len Goodman’s Dance Band Days, Dancing Cheek to Cheek and Secrets from the Clink.