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Strictly legend Len Goodman’s cause of death revealed following his passing aged 78

Len died in a hospice surrounded by his family

Strictly star Len Goodman died at the age of 78 back in April and now his cause of death has been confirmed.

The star was head judge on Strictly Come Dancing from 2004 until 2016. He was then replaced by Shirley Ballas, who remains on the show. A spokesperson for Len confirmed he died “peacefully” in April surrounded by his family.

Len Goodman smiling at event
Len Goodman died earlier this year (Credit: Cover Images)

Len Goodman dies aged 78

At the time, Len’s rep said: “I can confirm he died peacefully over the weekend surrounded by his family.”

According to the MailOnline, Len had been in a hospice in Tunbridge Wells in Kent following a short illness with bone cancer. Tributes poured in for Len on social media. One fan said: “Len goodman has died. He was such a huge part of the peak.” Another wrote: “Oh, no, that is sad news. Len Goodman brought so much joy to so many people.” Someone else added: “So shocked to hear the sad news that Len Goodman has died.”

Len Goodman smiling at event
Tributes poured in for Len (Credit: Cover Images)

Cause of death ‘confirmed’

Over the weekend, Len’s cause of death was seemingly “confirmed” after the Daily Express saw a copy of the star’s death certificate.

Len’s cause of death was said to be “metastatic prostate cancer”. Len had a tumour removed from his prostate. in 2009. Following the surgery he said that everything was “gorgeously good”. However, at some point, the paper reports that the cancer spread to Len’s bones.

According to Cancer Research UK, metastatic prostate cancer is sometimes called advanced prostate cancer.

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Len’s time on Strictly

Len previously spoke about leaving Strictly in 2016. At the time, he said: “In 2004, I was asked to take part in a brand new BBC Saturday night show and who would have thought me, old Len Goodman, would still be part of this amazing series more than 10 years on.

“This adventure began when I was 60 and now that I’ve reached my 70s, I’ve decided after this year it’s time to hand the role of Head Judge to someone else.”

He added: “It is an honour being part of the wonderful Strictly Come Dancing family and I’m looking forward to my last series very much and to whatever comes next.”

Len also featured on the American version of the dance show, Dancing with the Stars.

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Rebecca Carter
Associate Editor (News)