Entertainment: Jerry Bishop, 'Judge Judy' Announcer for 24 Years, Dies at 84

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Jerry Bishop, 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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He moved on to doing other voiceover and commercial work, including a 15-year run serving as the voice of the Disney Channel.

"Jerry was far more than a client, he was a friend and the best friend that anybody could ever have," said Arlene Thornton, Jerry's agent of 35 years. "He was a prince and a mensch but he was truly family."

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