Jerry Springer Laid To Rest During Private Funeral In Chicago

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The world was shocked when news broke that Jerry Springer passed away on April 27. He was 79 years old.

Springer died of pancreatic cancer. His diagnosis was was not known publicly before his death.

Jene Galvin, Springer’s family friend and spokesman, shared the following statement with PEOPLE after Springer’s passing:

“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. He’s irreplaceable and his loss hurts immensely, but memories of his intellect, heart and humor will live on.”

Plans for Springer’s funeral services and a memorial gathering were being made when Galvin shared that statement. Springer’s family asked that in lieu of sending flowers, those who wish to honor him can do so by making “a donation or commit[ing] to an act of kindness to someone in need or a worthy advocacy organization.

Then on Monday (May 1), PEOPLE confirmed that Springer was laid to rest during a private funeral service in Chicago on Sunday (April 30). The outlet confirmed the news with Galvin, as well as Springer’s longtime publicist Linda Shafran.

The funeral — which took place three days after his April 27 death — was attended by small group of friends and family,” PEOPLE reports. “The burial service also included traditional Jewish customs.”

Galvin says there is “a larger public tribute” to Springer in the works. The tribute service is being planned for May 16 at noon in Cincinnati. The event is expected to be free, but ticketed. It will also be available to stream online. PEOPLE reports that more details about the event will be released in the coming days.

Our hearts go out to Springer’s loved ones during this difficult time.