Talk show host Jerry Springer dies at 79 from pancreatic cancer

By Natalie Kruvant | Fact-checked by MDLinx staff
Published April 28, 2023

Key Takeaways

  • Talk show host Jerry Springer died on April 27, 2023, after his fight with pancreatic cancer.

  • Springer hosted his outlandish talk show in the 90s; earlier in his career, he was the mayor of Cincinnati, OH.

Long-time talk show host Jerry Springer passed away on April 27, 2023, at age 79 from pancreatic cancer, according to news sources.

Springer, who was known for his salacious television show, The Jerry Springer Show, in the 90s, was also the mayor of  Cincinnati, OH, for a term in 1977. He later ran for the governor of Ohio in 1982.[] 

“I was initially appalled by Jerry Springer's TV circus but then came to see it as over-the-top performance art. And Jerry turned out to be a bright, funny, and grounded guy--miles from his TV image.” wrote journalist  Michael Musto on Twitter. []

It’s unclear of how long Springer was ill, but news outlets have described his sickness as “sudden.”[]

According to the American Cancer Society, in the United States, pancreatic cancer only accounts for 3% of all cancer cases, but it is responsible for 7% of all cancer deaths in the US.[]  

"The incidence of pancreatic cancer has doubled in the past 30 years. Indeed, most of the 64,000 patients diagnosed with pancreatic cancer each year in the US will die," says Scott Cunningham, M.D. "Although new treatment options are on the horizon, surgical resection is currently the only curative option available. Because pancreatic cancer is typically diagnosed in an advanced stage, fewer than 20% of patients are surgical candidates." 

Springer famously closed out each episode of his show with the same phrase, “Take care of yourself and each other.”

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