The life of Len Goodman


Kelsey McNeal

Len Goodman judging happily.

Len Goodman, former long-time head judge of “Dancing With The Stars” and “Strictly Gone Dancing”, died at age 78. He was diagnosed with bone cancer. Goodman’s agent Jackie Gill said he “passed away peacefully.”
He was “a much-loved husband, father, and grandfather who will be sorely missed by family, friends, and all who knew him,” Gill stated.
As a former dancer and a British champion, Goodman judged on “Strictly Gone Dancing” for 12 years and judged on the US version of the show “Dancing With the Stars” for 15 years until his retirement in November.
Goodman also owned his dancing academy in southern England called the Goodman Academy dance school and received the Carl Alan Award in recognition of outstanding contributions to dance.
Former judges alongside Goodman are expressing their condolences. Bruno Tonioli posted a touching tribute to Goodman Monday morning.
“Heartbroken my dear friend and partner for 19 years the only ballroom legend passed away. I will treasure the memory of our incredible adventures and hundreds of shows we did together. They will never be anyone like you we will miss you.”
Carrie Ann Inaba wrote, “Dancer. A teacher. A refined gentleman. A wonderful storyteller. A special soul. A mentor. A family man. And… A treasured friend. Saying goodbye at the end of last season broke my heart. But today’s news has shattered it all over again. I can’t believe that you’re gone.”
Goodman carried a big legacy in the dancing community and will always be remembered for the impact he made on people.