Jerry Springer dead at 79. Jerry Springer was a journalist, actor and talk show host.
Talk show host Jerry Springer has died at the age of 79, Fox News Digital has learned.
Springer’s publicist Linda Shafran confirmed his passing to Fox News Digital on Thursday morning.
“The Jerry Springer Show” launched in 1991 and ran for multiple decades. At the peak of its popularity in 1998, it beat “The Oprah Winfrey Show” in ratings, attracting 12 million viewers, according to Variety. Springer previously served as the Mayor of Cincinnati from 1977 to 1978.
Jerry Springer was an American broadcaster, journalist, actor, producer, former lawyer, and politician has died at the age of 79. He is best known for hosting the tabloid talk show.
According to a family statement, Springer died Thursday at his home in suburban Chicago. He served as Cincinnati’s 56th mayor in 1977.
After that, he left the political candidate track and became a news anchor and commentator at WLWT in Cincinnati before taking on a new role as a talk show host in the early 90s.
“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,” said Jene Galvin.
“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,” said family spokesman Jene Galvin.
“He’s irreplaceable and his loss hurts immensely, but memories of his intellect, heart and humor will live on.”
In 1970, Springer ran for Congress. He failed to unseat incumbent Republican Donald D. Clancy, but took 45% of the vote in a traditionally Republican district.
While a cause of death has not officially been released, TMZ reported that a family spokesperson told the outlet that the star had been diagnosed with cancer in recent months.