Len Goodman Cause of Death: Len Goodman, who graced millions of viewers on shows such as Strictly Come Dancing and Dancing with the Stars as a dance judge, passed away peacefully in his sleep following a long battle with prostate cancer on December 22. According to his family, this event took place peacefully at midnight.
A Life Dedicated to Dance
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Len Goodman was born April 25th 1944 in London. At 19, after being persuaded by his friend to attend classes, he discovered his passion and talent for ballroom dancing – becoming a professional dancer, teacher and judge with multiple titles including four British Exhibition Championship titles to his credit.
Len Goodman Dance Academy was also founded under his leadership, where he taught and mentored many aspiring dancers. Known for his strict yet fair judging style, humorous remarks, and catchphrase “It’s a ten from Len!” Len was widely revered.
A Beloved TV Personality
Len Goodman became an instant household name upon joining the judging panel for Strictly Come Dancing (British version of Dancing with the Stars) in 2004 as head judge, before his retirement in 2016. Additionally he judged Dancing with the Stars from 2005 – 2019, except a brief hiatus between 2015 – 2019 (also on ITV1).
Fan and colleagues alike admired his charisma, humor, and kindness. In addition to hosting The Apprentice for two seasons and Who Do You Think You Are? for three more, Len Goodman appeared in other TV shows such as Len Goodman’s Partners in Rhyme as well as writing several books including Better Late Than Never: My Story and Len’s Lost London.
A Loving Husband and Father
Len Goodman married Sue Barrett in a surprise ceremony that included close family and friends of both. Prior to that he had been previously married to Cherry Kingston from 1972-1987 and had one son with Lesley; later they welcomed a grandson named Jack into their lives in 2016.
Mr. Kean was deeply committed to his wife and son, often professing his affection. In his free time he enjoyed golf, gardening and playing with his dogs; furthermore he generously and selflessly supported many charities including Prostate Cancer UK, Comic Relief and Children in Need.
A Legacy That Lives On
Len Goodman will long be remembered as an influential and revered figure in dance, inspiring and entertaining millions with his passion, expertise and personality. A true gentleman and loving family man; Len will be greatly missed by his many admirers and admirers.