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Jerry Springer, the iconic TV show host, has died at the age of 79

Jerry Springer, the TV talk show host and television personality who briefly served as mayor of Cincinnati, has died, his publicist confirmed to CBS News Thursday morning. He was 79.

A former lawyer the politicianSpringer was elected the 56th mayor of Cincinnati in 1977 and served in the role until 1978. He is best known for his eponymous talk series “Jerry Springer,” which ran for nearly three decades.

In this April 15, 2010, file photo, talk show host Jerry Springer speaks in New York.

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