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Strictly Come Dancing judge Len Goodman dies aged 78

Strictly Come Dancing icon Len Goodman has passed away at the age of 78 after battling bone cancer.

The beloved star had been staying at a hospice in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, before his passing on Saturday.

A statement from his agent announced: “It is with great sadness that we share the news of Len Goodman’s peaceful passing at the age of 78.

“He was a cherished husband, father, and grandfather who will be deeply missed by family, friends, and everyone who knew him.”

Tributes have been flooding in for Len following the heartbreaking news, with Strictly host Claudia Winkleman tweeting: “I’m so sad about Len. He was truly one of a kind, a brilliant and kind man. Full of sparkle, warmth, and wit. Sending all love to his family and friends. X.”

Craig Revel Horwood, a long-time fellow judge on Strictly, tweeted: “I’ve just woken up to the sad news that my wonderful colleague and dear friend Len Goodman has passed away.

“My heart and love go out to his lovely Sue and family. Len Goody Goodman is what I always called him, and ‘It’s a ten from Len & seveeeeern’ will live with me forever. RIP Len.”

As the news broke, Lorraine Kelly announced the “very, very sad news” to her ITV viewers live on-air.

Strictly professional dancer Giovanni Pernice was among the first BBC show stars to pay tribute online, sharing a picture on his Instagram Stories and writing: “RIP legend [sad face emoji].”

Len Goodman, who would have turned 79 tomorrow, had recently retired and was looking forward to spending more time with his grandchildren. He was last seen in public at a celebrity golf match in July.

Len was a key figure on Strictly Come Dancing since the show’s inception in 2004, and his warm personality made him a beloved presence on television. The dance world and viewers alike mourn the loss of this amazing man.

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