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Jerry Springer, the American broadcaster, journalist, producer, actor, lawyer, politician, and host passed away at 79 on April 27th, 2023 at his home in Illinois. According to a family statement, he died peacefully after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer. Read on below to learn about Springer’s life and everything we know about the death of this iconic man so far.
Who was Jerry Springer?
Jerry Springer was born in London on February 13th, 1944 to Richard and Margot who fled Nazi Germany in 1939. He was raised in the Queens borough of New York City, and he attended the Northwestern University School of Law where he qualified as a lawyer. Being a lawyer wasn’t meant for him though, and Springer’s broadcasting career began when he was still a college student when he started a radio show while enrolled at Tulane University in New Orleans.
Springer went on to become a political reporter and commentator for Cincinnati’s NBC affiliate, WLWT. Springer served as a political advisor for the presidential campaign of Robert F. Kennedy. In 1971, Springer served on Cincinnati’s City Council, and in 1977 he became the city’s governor, serving one term. In 1982, he ran unsuccessfully for the Democratic nomination for Ohio governor.
The Jerry Springer Show
Jerry Springer is best known for The Jerry Springer Show, his famous talk show that aired on television from 1991 to 2018. The massively popular show was famous for its controversial topics and often outrageous guest behavior. The Jerry Springer Show aired almost 5,000 episodes during its time on television.
The Jerry Springer Show leaves behind a somewhat mixed reputation, with many millennials remembering it as the show that kept them company while their parents were away at work, but critics broadly giving negative reviews to the show. When he was alive, Springer called these reviews “elitist.”
How did Jerry Springer die?
Jerry Springer passed away on April 27 at his home in Evanston, Illinois after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer. Pancreatic cancer is one of the deadliest cancers because it is often detected late and spreads quickly, so it’s likely that the family saw his death coming before it happened.
The public was not aware of Springer’s diagnosis prior to his passing, but a spokesperson for his family confirmed that he had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer several months before passing away.
What surviving family members did he have?
Jerry Springer is survived by his ex-wife Micki Velton, whom he married in 1973 and divorced in 1994. The couple had one daughter together named Katie, who is also still alive.
A representative from Springer’s family said in a statement, “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’s irreplaceable and his loss hurts immensely, but memories of his intellect, heart and humor will live on.”