Springer passed away peacefully at his home in Chicago Thursday, according to a statement from his family shared with multiple outlets.
A post on the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network Facebook page says, “We’re saddened to hear that talk show host and politician, Jerry Springer, has passed away at the age of 79, from #pancreaticcancer. 💜”
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Springer died after a brief illness, the family’s statement added. A family spokesperson told TMZ that Springer had been diagnosed with cancer a few months ago.