Len Goodman Leaves £4M Fortune to Family

Len Goodman Leaves £4M Fortune to Family

Len Goodman has reportedly left his wife and son a whopping £4.1M in his will following his tragic death from bone cancer last April.

The Strictly Come Dancing judge, who also appeared on the show’s US version, sadly passed away just six months into his retirement and one day before his 79th birthday.

According to The Sun Len left his fortune to wife Sue Barrett and son James from a previous marriage, as well as a £1,000 donation to a children’s hospice in Sittingbourne. 

The will, which is said to have been drawn up in 2020, said for the estate to be divided equally between his wife and son. 

The newspaper reports that while the dancer’s home has been left to Sue, his jewellery was bequeathed to James.

Len Goodman Leaves £4M Fortune to Family

Len Goodman has reportedly left his wife and son a whopping £4.1M in his will following his tragic death from bone cancer last April

The Strictly Come Dancing judge, who also appeared on the show's US version, sadly passed away just six months into his retirement and one day before his 79th birthday

The Strictly Come Dancing judge, who also appeared on the show’s US version, sadly passed away just six months into his retirement and one day before his 79th birthday

According reports Len left his fortune to wife Sue Barrett and son James from a previous marriage, as well as a £1,000 donation to a children's hospice in Sittingbourne (Len and Sue in 2010)

According reports Len left his fortune to wife Sue Barrett and son James from a previous marriage, as well as a £1,000 donation to a children’s hospice in Sittingbourne (Len and Sue in 2010) 

Len’s company Pleasurable Pastimes Limited will be also split between the pair, after both already being co-directors of the firm.

MailOnline have contacted Len’s former agent for comment. 

Sue is a former professional dance instructor, nearly 20 years his junior and not much is known about her, Len previously said: ‘She likes to stay out of the limelight’.

He regularly referred to her as ‘my wonderful Sue’ and told the Mail ‘she’s gorgeous and makes me very happy’.

The star, who never had children with Sue, also joked that his wife was lucky to share a bed with him, because he falls asleep immediately. 

He said at the time: ‘I am good in bed – I don’t snore. I don’t take the duvet. I just lay there and go straight off to sleep. That’s all you want out of a bloke.’

Len was previously married to his dance partner Cherry Kingston when he was 28 and admitted in his autobiography ‘Better Late Than Never, that it ‘was a dancing marriage, one that lacked the spark of real love.’ 

However, when she left him for a French millionaire, he ‘was hurt; hurt that she had done it, hurt by the way I found out…’ 

The will, which is said to have been drawn up in 2020, said for the estate to be divided equally between his wife and son (Len and son James pictured)

The will, which is said to have been drawn up in 2020, said for the estate to be divided equally between his wife and son (Len and son James pictured) 

The newspaper reports that while the dancer's home has been left to Sue, his jewellery was bequeathed to James (Len pictured with his grandson  Jack)

The newspaper reports that while the dancer’s home has been left to Sue, his jewellery was bequeathed to James (Len pictured with his grandson  Jack)

Len was married previously to his dance partner Cherry Kingston when he was 28 (Pictured in 1970)

 Len was married previously to his dance partner Cherry Kingston when he was 28 (Pictured in 1970)

After his split from Kingston, Goodman had another long-term partner: ‘a very attractive girl whose name was Lesley,’ according to his autobiography. 

Goodman wrote that she was the first woman he’d ever fallen in love with and together they welcomed son James William Goodman in 1981. 

‘Life, however, was not as happy as it should have been,’ Goodman wrote, via the Daily Mail. 

‘Sadly, it came to a point where being with Lesley was just impossible for me, and she couldn’t stand being with me, either.’

James followed in his father’s footsteps and trained to be a dancer.

He is now a Latin and ballroom dancer and teaches at his father’s dance hub, Goodman Dance Academy. 

James is married to Sophie Goodman and share two children together, Alice and Jack.

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