Len Goodman, a longtime judge on "Dancing With The Stars," passed away at the age of 78.

Len Goodman, a renowned ballroom champion and a longtime judge on Strictly Come Dancing and Dancing with the Stars, passed away at the age of 78 from bone cancer.

According to his agent Jackie Gill, Goodman passed away quietly and surrounded by family on Saturday in a hospice in Kent,

England. Goodman leaves behind a wife, a son, and two grandchildren.

"Len Goodman was a wonderful, warm entertainer who was adored by millions... and felt like a member of everyone's family,"

BBC Director-General Tim Davie said in a statement. "The public, as well as his numerous friends and family,

will greatly miss him."Ballroom dancing was Goodman's first professional gig.

After winning the British Championships in the 1970s, he began dancing at the age of 19 and eventually retired in his late 20s to start a dance studio.

A few decades later, he found his way to television and achieved renown all over the world. Goodman served as the chief judge on

both DWTS (from 2005 until 2022) and the BBC's "Strictly Come Dancing" (from 2004 to 2016).