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Talk show host and former mayor of Cincinnati, Jerry Springerhe is dead
According to a statement released by the family, Springer died peacefully Thursday at his home in suburban Chicago at the age of 79 after a brief illness.
Springer, who was known for his loud television talk shows, was the host of the ‘Jerry Springer Show’, which ran for more than three decades, from 1991 to 2018.
The tabloid talk show was known for outrageous arguments, thrown chairs and physical confrontations between couples.
In a statement released by Jene Galvine, a spokeswoman for Springer’s friends and family, Galvin described Springer as “irreplaceable.”
“Jerry’s ability to connect with people was the foundation of his success in everything he tried, whether it was politics, broadcasting or just joking with people on the street who wanted a picture or a word,” he said.
“He is irreplaceable, and his loss hurts deeply, but the memories of his wit, heart and humor will live on.”
The spokesman also announced that plans were being developed for a funeral and memorial collection.
“In memory of Jerry, the family asks that in lieu of flowers, please follow his spirit and make a donation or pledge to someone in need or a worthy charity. He always said, ‘Take care of yourself and each other,'” she wrote.
In addition to his daring television show, Springer was known for his political views.
Springer began his political career in 1970 when he unsuccessfully ran for Congress.
However, he was elected to the Cincinnati Council the following year. Springer resigned in 1974, embarrassed by a sex scandal in Northern Kentucky.
The controversial Springer was re-elected a year later, despite the new scandal proving to have broad appeal.
In 1977 Springer was the 56th mayor of Cincinnati, in the state of Ohio (USA).
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After serving as mayor, Springer tried to run for higher office in 1982, when he ran for Ohio’s Democratic governor and lost.
Failing to win, Springer abandoned the political candidate path and became a news anchor and commentator at WLWT in Cincinnati and then took on a new role as a talk show host in the early 90s.
After serving as a reporter for the city of Cincinnati, Springer said goodbye to the City Council in 1993.
In recent years, Springer returned with his own podcast, “The Jerry Springer Podcast,” and also starred in the courtroom show “Judge Jerry.”
Springer is survived by his daughter Katie Springer.
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