, the announcer for “Judge Judy
” since the syndicated courtroom show’s inception, has died at the age of 84 of heart disease, a rep for the show confirmed on Friday.
“Jerry Bishop has been the voice of our program for 24 years. Everybody loved him,” Judy Sheindlin
said in a statement. “He had a golden heart and generous spirit. I adored him and will miss him.”
Bishop had been with the daytime program since it debuted in 1994, a role he performed until his final days.
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Born Gerald “Jerry” Blume on Oct. 19, 1935, in Hartford, Connecticut, Bishop began his career in radio journalism. Prior to joining “Judge Judy
,” he worked at a number of stations in Connecticut and Los Angeles, including Wdrc-Hartford, Kfi
, Kiis and Klac. He became a recognized and beloved morning drive radio host in L.