Mr Goodman, who spent twelve years judging Strictly Come Dancing from its inception in 2004, died all of the sudden aged 78 in April surrounded by his household in a hospice in Tunbridge Wells, Kent.
He had beforehand been handled for prostate most cancers in 2009, however opted to maintain the prognosis a secret from all besides shut household and confidants. He returned to have his operation solely after the U.S. model of Strictly Come Dancing completed filming.
Mr Goodman, talking completely to the Mail on Sunday shortly after his operation on the time, defined: ‘The docs felt I wasn’t riddled with it and it wasn’t to date superior that it was a life-or-death situation. It takes a number of weeks to get all the things arrange for the operation anyway, so I went forward and did the present.’
Whereas it had been hoped that Mr Goodman had been cured, the most cancers later returned.
Len Goodman died of superior prostate most cancers, over a decade after he received his first battle with the illness
Mr Goodman was recognized for his trademark ‘Seven!’ on BBC hit Strictly Come Dancing
The completed presenter and former welder with shipbuilder Harland and Woolf, internet hosting reveals about various matters together with the Titanic
His loss of life certificates, seen by the Specific, logged his loss of life as because of ‘metastatic prostate most cancers.’ This superior type of the illness happens because the most cancers spreads to the bones and different components of the physique.
The skilled dancer withdrew from the U.Ok. model of Strictly Come Dancing in 2016 to get replaced by Shirley Ballas. He stayed on the U.S. model, generally known as Dancing with the Stars, till November. The present renamed their Mirrorball trophy after Mr Goodman.
Mr Goodman had retired solely six months earlier than his loss of life. He had been pictured having fun with himself at what proved to be his closing public look on the Movie star Gold Traditional in Hertfordshire in July.
He defined his retirement from Dancing with the Stars throughout his final TV look in November, saying: ‘It has been an enormous pleasure to be a part of such a beautiful present, however I’ve determined I might prefer to spend extra time with my grandchildren and household again in Britain.’
Mr Goodman was a celebrated ballroom dancer throughout his twenties. He retired from the skilled circuit after profitable the British Exhibition Championships in Blackpool 4 instances.
He was a recipient of the Carl Alan Award, recognising his excellent contributions to bounce. He additionally owned the Goodman Academy, a dance college, in Dartford, Kent.
Mr Goodman suffered from arthritis for a few years and underwent knee surgical procedure in 2015. He refused to take day without work from Strictly Come Dancing following the process and appeared in his standard good spirits on crutches.
Queen consort Camilla, a recognized Strictly Come Dancing fan, had danced with Goodman on the British Dance Council’s ninetieth anniversary gala
Dance and Len Goodman assembly King Charles throughout a reception for Age UK at Buckingham Palace in London in 2018
Goodman retired from the U.S. version of Strictly Come Dancing, Dancing with the Stars, in November
He had grown up in east London the place his father operated a fruit and vegetable stall earlier than coaching as an apprentice welder for shipbuilder Harland and Wolff in Woolwich.
His introduction to bounce got here late, at 19, after a physician advisable it as remedy for a foot damage.
Following his loss of life, tributes poured in from throughout the leisure world for the entertainer.
Queen consort, Camilla, who is thought to get pleasure from Strictly Come Dancing, was stated by a spokesperson to be ‘saddened’ by his loss of life. She had danced with Goodman on the British Dance Council’s ninetieth anniversary gala.
Tim Davie, the BBC director basic, stated: ‘Len Goodman was a beautiful, heat entertainer who was adored by tens of millions. He appealed to all ages and felt like a member of everybody’s household. Len was on the very coronary heart of Strictly’s success. He can be massively missed by the general public and his many family and friends.’