Popular and controversial TV Host Jerry Springer has reportedly died at the age of 79.
Springer has been hosting the Jerry Springer Show for nearly three decades from 1991 according to BBC.
He was said to have died in Chicago peacefully on Thursday, according to family’s spokesman Jene Galvin.
Galvin, a friend of the deceased described his death as irreplaceable, saying that his 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 humour will live on,” he said.
Springer, born on 13 February, 1934, was a British-born American broadcaster, journalist, actor, producer, lawyer, and politician. He served as the 56th Mayor of Cincinnati from 1977 to 1978.
He was best known for hosting the tabloid talk show Jerry Springer between September 30, 1991, and July 26, 2018, and debuting the Jerry Springer Podcast in 2015.
From 2007 to 2008, Springer hosted America’s Got Talent, and from September 2019 until 2022, Springer hosted the courtroom show Judge Jerry.
Educationally, Springer earned a Bachelor of Arts from Tulane University in 1965, majoring in political science. He earned a Juris Doctor from Northwestern University in 1968.