Len Goodman’s cause of death has been revealed.
According to his death certificate, the late “Dancing With the Stars” judge died after prostate cancer spread to his bones, reports The Daily Express.
The former ballroom dancer died in April, surrounded by his family in a hospice in Kent, UK. He was 78.
Goodman’s agent, Jackie Gill, confirmed his death in a statement at the time, sharing that he was “a much-loved husband, father and grandfather who will be sorely missed by family, friends and all those who knew him.”
He is survived by his wife, Sue Barrett, and his son, James.
Goodman first appeared as a judge on the British dance competition show “Strictly Come Dancing” in 2004, serving in the role for 12 years.
He began judging “Dancing With the Stars” in the US when it first aired in 2005.
The late dancer had previously been open with his health issues, revealing he had a cancerous tumor on his prostate gland removed in 2009 and skin cancer removed from his forehead in 2019.
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In November 2022, Goodman announced his retirement from “DWTS.”
“I’ve been with the show since it started in 2005 and it has been a huge pleasure to be a part of such a wonderful show but I’ve decided I want to spend more time with my children and family,” the coach wrote at the time.
“I cannot thank enough the family of ‘Dancing with the Stars,’” he added. “It has been such a wonderful experience for me.”
He was honored during the Season 32 premiere earlier this week, which marked the dance competition series’ first show since his death.
Co-hosts Julianne Hough and Alfonso Ribeiro paid tribute to the legendary judge during their opening monologue.
“We’re obviously missing a big part of our ‘Dancing With the Stars’ family tonight,” Ribeiro said after introducing current judges Derek Hough, Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli.
Hough called Goodman “irreplaceable,” explaining that the show had found a way to “keep his spirit alive.”
The pair then revealed that the iconic mirrorball trophy has been renamed the “Len Goodman Mirrorball Trophy” in the late ballroom dancer’s honor.