It’s the end of an era as Jerry Springer, the charismatic former mayor of Cincinnati turned iconic talk show host, has passed away at age 79. A representative confirmed to FOX Television Stations that Springer died peacefully at his suburban Chicago home after battling pancreatic cancer.
Springer’s career spanned both politics and entertainment, serving as mayor in the late 1970s and early 1980s before becoming a household name with his wildly popular talk show, “The Jerry Springer Show.” Known for its controversial content, including chair-throwing and bleep-filled arguments, the program quickly became a cultural phenomenon, even surpassing the popularity of “The Oprah Winfrey Show” at its peak.
Springer’s family released a statement on April 27, confirming his passing after a “brief illness.” Funeral services and a memorial gathering are currently being planned, but the family is asking that instead of flowers, people honor Jerry’s memory by performing an act of kindness or making a donation to a worthy advocacy organization.
Pancreatic cancer is a disease that develops in the tissues of a person’s pancreas, an organ located behind the lower part of the stomach. The Cleveland Clinic explains that cancer occurs when cells within the body mutate and multiply out of control. There are two types of pancreatic cancer: exocrine tumors, which make up 90% of all cases and originate from the cells lining the pancreas, and neuroendocrine tumors, which are rarer and arise from specialized cells that connect a person’s hormone management system to the nervous system.
Despite the controversies that often surrounded him, Jerry Springer’s good-natured spirit and dedication to helping others will be sorely missed. His legacy as a beloved figure in both entertainment and politics will continue to inspire generations to come.