Jerry Springer and his family chose to keep his cancer battle hidden from the public so his health struggle wouldn’t become a burden to many of those who cared so deeply about him … TMZ has learned.
Jene Galvin, a rep for the Springer family, tells us Jerry was sick for months, running through a series of tests, but only recently found out just how dire his pancreatic cancer diagnosis actually was.
Galvin says Jerry’s always been a fairly private person, but he and his family thought it was especially important to keep his cancer private, as they didn’t want to worry other people. Instead, Jerry’s family shifted their entire focus to aiding with his care, which became extremely time-consuming.
We’re told Jerry knew his time was limited — given the severity and type of cancer — so he made a point to spend as much time with his loved ones as possible.
Jene says there was only a small circle of people outside of family — including Jene and Jerry’s friend Louis Beck — who knew about the cancer.
As we first told you, Jerry’s longtime friend and partner on TV, Steve Wilkos, told us he and Jerry shared a cigar and some memories about a month ago. Steve says he had no idea Jerry was sick, but looking back on the moment — he believes it was Jerry’s way of saying goodbye.
While Jene tells us Jerry had not designated a specific organization he wanted fans to donate to after his death, he believes a place like The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network is doing good work toward finding a cure.