Legendary American TV host Jerry Springer died at the age of 79.
Jene Galvin, a lifelong friend of the late talk show host and spokesman for the family confirmed his passing.
Jerry died on Thursday morning, peacefully at his home in the Chicago area.
“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 Galvin.
“He’s irreplaceable and his loss hurts immensely, but memories of his intellect, heart and humor will live on.”
Before TV, he was a politician who ran a failed campaign for U.S. Congress in 1970, got elected to Cincinnati’s City Council in 1971 … and became the city’s mayor in 1977. He served one term.
But, Springer became a worldwide sensation with his show … which debuted in 1991. Most people won’t remember this, but when he started Jerry’s show focused on political issues. Of course, it eventually became the exact opposite … and a ratings smash.
Jerry’s last TV appearance came last season on “The Masked Singer” … where he performed as “The Beetle,” singing a Frank Sinatra classic.
He’s survived by his daughter Katie Springer and his older sister Evelyn.
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