Jerry Springer’s family revealed that the daytime host passed away early on Thursday after a “brief illness,” but a source has now confirmed that the cause of death was cancer.

His pancreatic cancer, according to family spokesman and lifelong friend Jean Galvin, was the cause of his death.

Rabbi Sandford Kopnick of The Valley Temple in Cincinnati, a longtime friend and respected religious figure of Jerry Springer, said that the host of the Jerry Springer Show’s “illness was sudden.”

Rabbi Kopnick said of Springer, 79, whom he just saw, “He hasn’t been sick for a long time.” He had cancer for a brief period of time before dying from it.

Kopnick remarked of Springer that he “was a kind and generous person who was not really best pictured on his television show.” Kopnick was describing the former mayor of Cincinnati’s general character.

He continued, “There was much more to him than The Jerry Springer Show. He was quite intelligent. He was a wonderful father and grandfather who appreciated the value of giving back.

“He always knew his good fortune,” Kopnick continued. He never considered it a given. He might have easily moved on to another congregation after I joined this one, but instead he not only stayed, he also did his part to help it prosper.

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Springer was also ever ready to help the congregation, “whether it was to help emcee an interfaith dialogue, meet with our high school kids, or be the featured speaker at a men’s club event,” Kopnick continued.

“He never refused. Although he might have required to set out a schedule, he never declined,” the man stated. Other than when he was considering running for government, he wasn’t actually a resident of Cincinnati. As a result, it always implied that he would fly in for a day or two at his expense, and he was incredibly nice, giving, and humble.

He continued, “He never lost sight of his roots. He recognized the incredible luck his family had in leaving Germany, arriving in England, and then relocating here.

Springer was most known for presenting his syndicated talk show for 27 seasons. He also hosted Judge Jerry for three seasons and was a judge on America’s Got Talent for a short time.

In the 1970s, he also served as Cincinnati’s 56th mayor before deciding to work in the media.


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