Len Goodman, Former Judge on “Strictly Come Dancing,” Passes Away at 78
Len Goodman, the former ballroom dancer and the judge on the popular BBC show “Strictly Come Dancing,” passed away at age 78.
Goodman, who was also known for his role as a judge on “Dancing with the Stars” in the United States, died peacefully in hospice care.
Goodman’s career spanned over five decades and included a successful stint as a professional dancer in the 1960s and 1970s, during which he won multiple championships.
He later became a sought-after choreographer and dance teacher and eventually found fame as a judge on Strictly Come Dancing.
Goodman was a fan favorite on the show and known for his witty remarks and constructive criticism. He was also beloved by his fellow judges and contestants, who often spoke of his warm and kind demeanor.
Tributes have been pouring in worldwide, with many expressing sadness at the news of Goodman’s passing. “Strictly Come Dancing” host Claudia Winkleman described him as “a true gentleman and an absolute legend,” while former contestant and Olympic gold medalist Greg Rutherford tweeted,
“Such a kind and wonderful man, who gave me and so many others such joy on the dancefloor.”
Goodman’s legacy in the world of dance will live on, and his impact on the popularization of ballroom dancing is immeasurable.
His contributions to the entertainment world have left a lasting impression, and he will be sorely missed by all who knew him.