This just in: Longtime Dancing With The Stars judge Len Goodman has passed away at the age of 78.
Goodman’s agent confirmed his death over the weekend and said he had “died peacefully, surrounded by his family” in the hospital.
Goodman was privately battling bone cancer.
Goodman had been serving as a judge on the hit reality TV show since its inception in 2005. Prior to that he was a judge on a similar competition series called Strictly Come Dancing.
In recent years, he had gone on to become the “senior” judge on Dancing with the Stars, often making the final decision as to which of the bottom two contestants got sent home.
It is (obviously) too early to tell if ABC plans to replace him next season.
He will be missed.