Jerry Springer, the legendary TV host and one-time mayor of the city of Cincinnati has passed away at the age of 79, according to a statement released by his family.

According to the statement, Jerry died peacefully on Thursday morning at his home in suburban Chicago.

Prior to his TV career, Springer served as Cincinnati's mayor in 1977, before moving to become a news anchor and commentator at WLWT in Cincinnati, before taking on a new role as a talk show host in the 1990s.

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“Jerry’s ability to connect with people was at the heart of his success in everything he tried whether that was politics, broadcasting or just joking with people on the street who wanted a photo or a word,” said Jene Galvin, a lifelong friend and spokesman for the family. “He’s irreplaceable and his loss hurts immensely, but memories of his intellect, heart and humor will live on.”

His legendary daytime show, The Jerry Springer Show, ran for 27 years, with never a boring moment. It was known for the outrageous guests with unbelievable problems, who would typically end up in some sort of a physical altercation, while the audience chanted "Jerry! Jerry! Jerry!"

In the 90s, his show would become so popular it would even beat out Oprah Winfrey in some markets. The show's run ended in 2018.

According to the statement from his family, Jerry Springer was diagnosed with cancer in recent months.

Jerry was 79 years old.

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