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How Len Goodman Predicted His Death, Months Before It Happened

Len Goodman in the 'Dancing With the Stars' premierePhoto by ABC/Eric McCandless

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In a remarkable and somewhat eerie turn of events, the late Dancing With the Stars judge, Len Goodman, seemed to have foreseen his own demise months before his passing. A recent interview conducted just four months prior to his death reveals Goodman reflecting on the topic of mortality and even making a startling prediction.

Len Goodman Shockingly Predicted His Own Death

The world of dance mourns the loss of Goodman, the esteemed DWTS judge who departed just days before his 79th birthday. However, what has stirred even more attention is the revelation of an interview conducted months earlier, where Goodman delved into the topic of death.

Goodman’s reflections on death, shared during an interview in December 2022, are now hauntingly relevant. The renowned dance teacher drew inspiration from the likes of Bing Crosby and his own father, both of whom met their end in swift and unexpected ways.

“I don’t want a load of lingering… if I go the way of my dad, that’ll be next year.” Goodman said.

Tragically, Goodman’s predictions proved to have an eerie accuracy. On April 22, he succumbed to bone cancer at the age of 78, days before his anticipated 79th birthday. This was not his first battle with cancer, as he had previously undergone treatments for prostate and skin cancer.

Goodman‘s unexpected reflections on death have left a lasting impact on those who admired him. As the world remembers his humor, wisdom, and undeniable talent, it also contemplates the mysterious ways in which life intertwines with our words and aspirations. Goodman’s journey may have come to an end, but his legacy continues to inspire dancers and enthusiasts around the globe.

More Dancers and Judges Pay Tribute to Len Goodman

In the wake of Goodman’s passing at the age of 78 due to bone cancer, heartfelt tributes continue to pour in for the former dancer and head judge of Strictly Come Dancing and DWTS. Friends, co-stars, and even esteemed figures from the British Royal family and UK government have joined in honoring Goodman’s legacy and the impact he had on the world of dance.

Claudia Winkleman, the beloved presenter of Strictly, fondly remembered Goodman as “a class act” who exuded “twinkle, warmth, and wit.” His presence lit up the screen and brought a unique charm to the show. This sentiment was shared by many who had the pleasure of working with him.

The tribute from the British Royal family and UK government highlighted the significant influence Goodman had on the dance industry. His passion for dance and dedication to keeping it true and relevant resonated deeply with colleagues and viewers alike.

As the dance community and fans mourn the loss of Goodman, his memory lives on through the indelible impact he made on the world of dance. His genuine love for the art form, coupled with his humor and wisdom, will continue to inspire future generations of dancers and judges.

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