Strictly star Len Goodman dies in a hospice surrounded by family 'after a short illness'...aged 78
He died on Saturday at a hospice in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, surrounded by his family. He had had bone cancer.
Goodman featured on Strictly from its launch in 2004 until 2016 and proved popular with viewers for his wry humour and avuncular critiques.
As well as Strictly, he also appeared on the US version of the show, Dancing With the Stars from 2005 until 2022.
A statement from his manager, Jackie Gill, on Monday said: "It is with great sadness to announce that Len Goodman has passed away peacefully, aged 78.
"A much loved husband, father and grandfather who will be sorely missed by family, friends and all who knew him."
Goodman began dancing at 19, winning the British Championships in his late 20s, after which he retired to become a professional judge and teacher.
He was the head judge on Strictly Come Dancing from its inception, and made his final appearance on the 2016 Christmas Day special.
He also served as head judge on Dancing With The Stars for more than 15 years, announcing his retirement in November last year saying he wanted to "spend more time with my grandchildren and family" in the UK.
Goodman, who was also a recipient of the Carl Alan Award in recognition of outstanding contributions to dance, was also the owner of the Goodman Academy, a dance school in Dartford, Kent.
Tim Davie, BBC director general, said: "Len Goodman was a wonderful, warm entertainer who was adored by millions.
"He appealed to all ages and felt like a member of everyone's family. Len was at the very heart of Strictly's success. He will be hugely missed by the public and his many friends and family."
The talk show host was best known for the eponymous Jerry Springer show, which ran in the US from 1991 until 2018.
The controversial series featured participants laying out their dysfunctional relationships - generally with romantic partners or family members - in excruciating detail in front of an audience, with Springer mediating.
It became famous worldwide for its chaotic segments laying bare colourful cheating claims, often revealing the results of disputed paternity tests - including elated reactions in the form of celebratory dances - live on air.
But the show was also dogged by criticism that it exploited vulnerable and working class people's domestic troubles, as well as mocking them for other's entertainment.
The programme was the inspiration for the UK's equally explosive The Jeremy Kyle Show, which ran on ITV between 2005 and 2019.
Before he entered the TV industry, Springer's varied career included roles as a political reporter and commentator, serving as the mayor of Cincinnati in Ohio and as a political campaign adviser to Robert F Kennedy.
They may have had a fractious relationship at points that ended up in their tour being cancelled, but Elton John says he still considers Tina Turner to be "one of the world's most exciting and electric performers."
Sharing a photo of the pair on Instagram, John calls Turner "a total legend on record and on stage."
Ronnie Wood: Tina was the Queen of rock and soul..
The actor died of natural causes on 11th May at NewYork-Presbyterian Columbia University Irving Medical Center, his wife Angela told The Hollywood Reporter.
Newman was a Broadway actor when he landed the lead role of Kowalski in Vanishing Point. Directed by Richard C. Sarafian, the 1971 action movie has been cited by Steven Spielberg as one of his favourite movies.
The Boston-born actor's film resume also included the Sylvester Stallone-starring movie Daylight, Steven Soderbergh's The Limey, The Lawyer, Fear Is the Key, Bowfinger, City on Fire, and 40 Days and 40 Nights.
Newman is also well-known for playing the title character in the 1970s TV show Petrocelli, for which he was nominated for an Emmy and a Golden Globe.
His other television appearances included L.A. Law, The Fall Guy, Murder, She Wrote, and The O.C.
Newman stepped away from acting after being diagnosed with vocal cord cancer in the late 2000s, however, he appeared in the independent drama Finding Hannah last year.
Berlusconi was born in Milan in 1936 and rose to prominence as a media tycoon, building a vast business empire that included TV networks, publishing companies and advertising agencies. He entered politics in the 1990s and quickly made a name for himself as a savvy and charismatic campaigner.
He was a polarizing figure in Italian politics, admired by his supporters for his business acumen and populist appeals, but reviled by his critics for his alleged corruption, sex scandals, and disregard for the rule of law.
Throughout his political career, Berlusconi faced a string of legal troubles, including charges of bribery, tax fraud, and sex with an underage prostitute. He was convicted on several occasions, but managed to avoid jail time due to his age and the expiration of the statute of limitations.
Despite his legal woes, Berlusconi remained a major force in Italian politics and was an influential figure in Italy’s current governing coalition, led by Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni.
His legacy remains a subject of debate, with some hailing him as a champion of free enterprise and a defender of Italian values, while others see him as a symbol of corruption and moral decay.
Berlusconi’s passing marks the end of an era in Italian politics and media, and leaves a complex and controversial legacy that will be debated for years to come.
Former Chelsea player and manager John Hollins has died aged 76, the club has announced.
Hollins made almost 600 appearances as a player for the club, scoring 64 times during his two spells at Stamford Bridge between 1963 and 1984.
He was appointed as manager in 1985, a position he held for three years.
"He was a hero to the fans of this club, and very much that to me," Chelsea board member Daniel Finkelstein said.
"He was at the heart of one of Chelsea's greatest teams and, as well as contributing to its trophy success, he expressed its spirit.
"He lifted up the team with his play and lit up the Bridge with his smile. He gave a life of service to this club, as a player, as a manager and as a matchday ambassador. He was greatly loved and will be much missed."
Two-time player of the year winner Hollins, a product of Chelsea's youth system, made his first-team debut at the age of 17.
He lifted the FA Cup, Cup Winners' Cup and League Cup during his first period at the club, leaving in 1975 and returning eight years later to help them earn promotion from the second tier.
Hollins' 592 games place him fifth on Chelsea's all-time appearances list behind John Terry, Frank Lampard, Ron Harris and Peter Bonetti.
His playing career also featured time at fellow London clubs Queens Park Rangers and Arsenal
He also went on to manage Swansea City, with whom he won the fourth-tier title in 2000, Rochdale, Raith, Stockport, Crawley and Weymouth.
89-year-old Ronnie Knight had been battling Parkinson's disease for the past few years.
A family friend told The Sun that Ronnie's condition "had deteriorated over the last few weeks".
They added: "He got pneumonia and never recovered.
"A lot of people are going to be upset to hear the news about his death. He was a rogue - but a very loveable one."
Ronnie, who was largely known as the man involved in the biggest cash theft in history, was supported throughout his illness by his third ex-wife, Sue Haylock, describing her as his "tower of strength".
Ronnie was in and out of prison for much of his life, becoming known as one of the Famous Five, five notorious criminals who spent most of the 1980s on the run as they were all wanted for the Secruity Express heist.
The heist reportedly saw £6million stolen from a depot in Shoreditch, East London.
Sir Michael Caine has described actress and former MP Glenda Jackson as "one of our greatest movie actresses" following her death aged 87.
Jackson won two Oscars, three Emmys, two Baftas and an Tony in an acting career which spanned six decades.
Sir Jonathan Pryce said he believed she was "the greatest actor that this country has ever produced".
Jackson gave up acting to join the House of Commons as a Labour MP in north London from 1992 to 2015.
That included two years as a junior transport minister in Tony Blair's New Labour government from 1997.
She later returned to acting, playing King Lear on stage in 2016, then winning a Bafta for her screen comeback in the TV drama Elizabeth Is Missing in 2020.
In a statement on Thursday, her agent Lionel Larner said: "Glenda Jackson, two-time Academy Award-winning actress and politician, died peacefully at her home in Blackheath, London this morning after a brief illness with her family at her side.
"She recently completed filming The Great Escaper in which she co-starred with Michael Caine."
Sir Michael first acted with Jackson in 1975. Following their recent reunion, he said: "It was as wonderful an experience this time as it was 50 years ago. I shall miss her."
The actor, was best known for starring as Alan Humphries in the BBC children's drama series, died on Wednesday (12.07.23).
A tweet on a 'Grange Hill' fan account read: "I’ve just heard the very sad news that George Armstrong aka Alan Humphries passed away yesterday. RIP George. A true Grange Hill legend xxxx (sic)"
George starred as Alan from 1978 to 1982 and then reprised his role in the 1983 'Grange Hill' spin-off series 'Tucker's Luck', which featured former 'EastEnders' actor Todd Carty as lead character Peter "Tucker" Jenkins.
One of George's first roles was alongside Bonnie Langford in 1970s show 'Just William', appearing as Hubert Lane.
He also went on to appear as PC Driscoll in 'The Bill' in 1989, but later gave up acting.
George went on to become a Technical Theatre Manager at a public school.
A number of Twitter users have paid tribute to the late star following his passing.
One wrote: "George was the stage manager when I was at Italia Conti. Lovely fella. Sad news"
Another posted: "Sad news. Met him a few years ago. Top chap"
One tweeted: "Can't believe it.... gutted. Todd and the others must be feeling it at this time....an Iconic figure of my childhood. Will be sadly missed and leaves a huge gap in my life. Any ideas as to what cause of death was?"
Another said: "A character from my childhood. Such sad news, thoughts with his family and grange Hill friends."
"Way too soon. One of the great original characters who put the show on the map, as well as helping to light up the spin off Tucker’s Luck. RIP George," another heartbroken fan posted.
One reminisced: "Sad news. Met him, Terry Sue-Patt and Todd Carty when they were filming Grange Hill at a local high school during summer hols. We were so star struck."
Grange Hill was a popular children's television drama series portraying life in a comprehensive school.
The show premiered in 1978 on BBC1 and ran until 2008.
It dealt with typical school issues like bullying as well as hard-hitting storylines such as racism, drugs and teenage pregnancy.