Jerry Springer , influential US Talk Show host died age 79 

The former Cincinnati mayor and and long time TV host whose tabloid talk show , Jerry Springer has died, a family spokesperson said Thursday. Springer was 79

Springer’s family said he died “peacefully” on Thursday at home in Chicago

The Springer’s family said: “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.

Springer’s anchor work led to a Cincinnati-based talk show that later became the nationally syndicated, The Jerry Springer Show.

Springer left politics to become a news anchor and commentator at the Cincinnati television station WLWT, setting the stage for his talkshow career.

Springer’s family said he died from pancreatic cancer .