Gerald Norman Springer was an American journalist, actor, director, lawyer, and politician. He was born on February 13, 1944, and died on April 27, 2023. Springer was born in London, England, during World War II to Jewish refugees who had fled the Holocaust. He grew up in the Queens neighborhood of New York City. He went to Northwestern University School of Law and became a lawyer. In 1968, he got interested in politics by working on Robert Kennedy’s campaign.
Jean Galvin, his friend and representative, told NBC News that the famous TV host, who ran The Jerry Springer Show for 27 years, died of pancreatic cancer.
Jerry Springer’s Cause of Death Revealed https://t.co/aFAuTGedqN
— E! News (@enews) April 27, 2023
In a statement to E! News, Jerry’s family said he died on April 27 at his home in a suburb of Chicago after a short sickness. He was 79.
“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,” Galvin said on behalf of Springer’s family in a statement obtained by E! News. “He’s irreplaceable and his loss hurts immensely, but memories of his intellect, heart and humor will live on.”
After hearing about his death, Maury Povich said the talk show host was “joyful, smart, and, in his own way, a unique showman.”
“I am shocked and saddened by the passing of Jerry,” Maury said in a statement to E! News. “He was not only a colleague but a friend. We worked for the same company for decades. I will miss him.”
Jerry was also honored with a sign outside his studio in Connecticut that said, “Take care of yourself and each other.”
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One of the places where The Jerry Springer Show, which ran from 1991 to 2018, used to film was the studio. On the show, Jerry helped settle fights and disagreements in front of a live crowd, who would chant “Jerry, Jerry, Jerry!” when things got tense.
He once said that he doesn’t take his “silly” show “seriously,” but in 2000, he told Reuters that he would also support the show’s importance.
“When people argue about the show intellectually,” he said at the time, per NBC, “then I’m prepared to answer about why I think it is OK to do it and why I think it’s important that shows like that are on the air.”
Jerry also hosted Judge Jerry, Tabloid with Jerry Springer, Baggage, and America’s Got Talent. But he quit his host job to participate in Dancing With the Stars in 2006 and The Masked Singer in 2022.
Before he was a well-known face on TV, Jerry was the mayor of Cincinnati, Ohio, from 1977 to 1978. In the 1980s and 1990s, he was the host of WLWT, a station in Cincinnati.
Jerry’s daughter Katie Springer is 47 years old and lives on. She is the child he had with his ex-wife Micki Velton.
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