(CMR) Jerry Springer, the controversial but influential host of “The Jerry Springer Show” and former mayor of Cincinnati, has died. He was 79 years old.
His family said he was surrounded by loved ones and issued the following statement:
“Jerry, born Gerald Norman Springer in London, England on February 13, 1944, immigrated to Queens, New York, at four, along with his parents and older sister. He graduated from Tulane University and Northwestern University Law School, served in the United States Army Reserves, and had a long career in law, politics, journalism, and broadcasting.”
“He was known for the Jerry Springer Show, the Judge Jerry Show, the Springer on the Radio Show, Baggage, the Jerry Springer Podcast, and until recently, even his own 60s folk music radio show in Cincinnati. He also wrote an autobiography and once starred in a movie. But he captured the emotions of the country in 2006 with a shockingly long and humorous run on the popular Dancing With the Stars Show.”
Jene Galvin, a lifelong friend and spokesman for the family, said, “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. He’s irreplaceable, and his loss hurts immensely, but memories of his intellect, heart, and humor will live on.”