Len Goodman's cause of death confirmed weeks after Strictly pays emotional tribute to judge

Len Goodman's cause of death confirmed weeks after Strictly pays emotional tribute to judge
Alex Davies

By Alex Davies

Published: 02/10/2023

- 09:33

The Strictly Come Dancing legend died aged 78 in April

Len Goodman's cause of death has been confirmed almost six months after his agent confirmed the news.

Goodman died just days before turning 79 and news of his death was met with floods of tribute from friends, family, and fans from across the globe.

The dancer-turned-TV-judge was a much-loved figure on both sides of the Atlantic thanks to his time on the BBC's Strictly Come Dancing and its US counterpart, Dancing with the Stars.

At the time of his death, his agent announced: "It is with great sadness to announce that Len Goodman has passed away peacefully, aged 78.

"A much loved husband, father and grandfather who will be sorely missed by family, friends and all who knew him."

According to his death certificate, as reported by the Daily Express, it's now been confirmed Goodman died following the spread of prostate cancer to his bones.

Len Goodman on the red carpet

Len Goodman died of bone cancer, according to his death certificate


Goodman had been diagnosed with bone cancer prior to his death.

The TV judge announced his Strictly exit back in 2016 but he did go on to serve as head judge on DWTS in the USA up until last year.

He was replaced by Shirley Ballas in 2017, with Craig Revel Horwood now the only judge on the show to have been on the panel since day one.

While tributes poured in at the time of his death, Strictly left fans tearful when it aired a special tribute to Goodman during its launch show this year.

Looking back at his time on the show, a number of the shows pro dancers as well as the judges and hosts Claudia Winkleman and Tess Daly remembered their time working with Goodman.

An emotional Revel Horwood said of his former colleague and friend: "I don’t think I will meet anyone as funny.

"I absolutely adored our little arguments and that is sort of what bonded us and gave us really a fantastic friendship.

"If you asked me a question ‘Was Len one of your best friends?’, I would say absolutely. I would love to say goodbye to him.”

Judges Craig Revel Horwood Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli during a Strictly Come Dancing dress rehearsal

Len Goodman (middle) was one of the original Strictly judges


Winkleman echoed Revel Horwood's sentiment as she told BBC viewers: "He was perfect in every way. Len could light up a room so when you were with him you felt aglow.

"Len was also the King of the one-liners. He talked about people being crabs…he would say pickle my walnuts, he was funny, you wanted to watch him."

Ballas also weighed in: "He was not only a personal friend to myself, but he was loved and respected all over the world."

Goodman's legacy can be felt throughout the fabric of Strictly, which saw its first celebrity eliminated from the competition this past weekend.

It was Les Dennis who was the first star to be sent packing, defying the odds set out by bookmakers beforehand.

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