Len Goodman’s Cause Of Death Confirmed

Len Goodman's cause of death has officially been confirmed.
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The Strictly Come Dancing judge’s cause of death has been confirmed. 

Len Goodman was an English professional ballroom dancer who was the head judge on the popular ITV dance show from its launch in 2004 to 2016.

He also starred in the US version of the programme, Dancing with the Stars.

Goodman announced his retirement from TV months before his death.

Earlier this year, it was announced that Goodman had passed away just days before his 79th birthday while surrounded by family.

The TV star’s cause of death has now been disclosed.

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Daily Express reports, that according to Goodman’s death certificate, he died from metastatic prostate cancer after it spread to his bones.

The prostate is a small gland in the pelvis and is part of the male reproductive system.

According to the NHS website, prostate cancer usually spreads slowly and there may not be symptoms for years.

Cancer Research UK says that metastatic prostate cancer is often called ‘advanced prostate cancer’.

“It most commonly spreads to lymph nodes in other parts of the body or to the bones. It can also spread to other organs such as the lungs,” the charity explains.

Len Goodman
Len Goodman’s cause of death was metastatic prostate cancer. Credit: Alamy

Daily Express reports that Goodman had undergone surgery to remove a cancerous tumour in his prostate gland back in June 2009.

He didn’t receive treatment until after filming Dancing with the Stars.

In an interview with Mail on Sunday at the time, he said: “I could have said ‘sorry’ and not done the show, but the doctors felt I wasn’t riddled with it and it wasn’t so far advanced that it was a life-or-death scenario.”

Goodman reportedly said that everything went ‘gorgeously good’ after the operation, however, his death certificate shows that at some point, the cancer tragically returned.

Months prior to his death, the TV star revealed that he would be retiring from the industry in order to ‘spend more time with my grandchildren and family back in Britain’.

After his passing, many of Goodman’s friends and co-stars in showbiz took to social media to pay tribute.

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Fellow judge and dance expert Craig Revel Horward said: “I’ve just woken up to the sad news that my gorgeous colleague and dear friend Len Goodman has passed away. My heart and love go out to his lovely Sue and family.

“Len Goody Goodman is what I always called him and ‘It’s a 10 from Len and seveeeeern’ will live with me forever. RIP Len.”

Fellow judge Bruno Tonioli added: “I will treasure the memory of our incredible adventures and hundreds of shows we did together… There will never be anyone like you. We will miss you.”

BBC’s director general Tim Davie commented: “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.”

Goodman is survived by his wife Sue Barrett and son James Goodman.

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Written by Aimee Walker

Aimee is a senior content editor at IGV who specialises in finding the best original stories, trending topics and entertainment news. She graduated from Birmingham City University with a degree in Media and Communications.