Jerry Springer was laid to rest in a private ceremony this weekend among family and friends, with plans in place for a public celebration of life in the near future … TMZ has learned.
Sources with direct knowledge tell us the legendary talk show host — who died last week after a battle with pancreatic cancer — was buried Sunday in a suburb of Chicago. We’re told there was a relatively small group of people in attendance for the ceremony.
We’re told the burial also entailed a religious service — which our sources say followed traditional Jewish customs.
It might sound like a modest send-off for the late, great Springer — but our sources assure us his fans will get their own chance to say goodbye as well in the near future. We’re told a tribute is being planned — which, for now, is scheduled to go down on May 16 in Cincinnati.
Our sources tell us it’ll be a free ticketed event open to the general public. Right now, organizers are planning how many people can attend — for now, we’re told they’re anticipating letting around 500 people inside the venue.
As for what folks can expect during this upcoming ceremony … our sources say it’ll be a good overview of his life and legacy in and out of work — which touched communities from all walks of life, from politics to entertainment and just about everything in between.
We’re also told some famous faces are expected to roll through, but the list is still being worked on. Our sources say videos will be played, guest speakers will talk and music will be performed — so it’s gonna be a big deal. We’re told the plan is to stream this as well.
While there’ll, no doubt, be a celeb factor at the public service — we’re told the main focus here will be on normies being able to get in and bid Springer a proper farewell. Our sources say more details are forthcoming and that tickets are going to be made available soon.
Jerry was 79. RIP