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Bright DJ Jerry Blavat’s Cause of Death Revealed

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Philadelphia radio legend and famous DJ, Jerry Blavat’s cause of death has been released after he reportedly passed away on Friday (January 20, 2022) at the age of 82.

May he sleep well in heaven. Our thoughts and prayers are with his loved ones.

Jerry Blavat, real name Gerald Joseph Blavat, the South Philadelphia native kicked off his career in entertainment as a dancer on Bandstand at 13. He took his last breath on Friday morning, his family confirmed.

By the time he was 20, Blavat started hosting his own radio show that showcased his bright and vibrant personality that captivated the region.  Along the way, Blavat took on several nicknames such as ‘The Boss with the Hot Sauce’ and ‘The Geator with the Heater.’

Blavat was inducted into the Philadelphia Music Alliance’s Hall of Fame in 1993 and in 1998 he became part of the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame‘s Museum of Radio and Records. 

Blavat coined the phrase “Keep on rockin’ because you only rock once’ which he later used as inspiration for his 2011 biography ‘You Only Rock Once: My life in music.’

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Jerry Blavat’s Cause of Death Revealed As Illness

As he lost his life in old age, many believe Jerry Blavat’s cause of death was related to natural reasons, while others say he was suffering from an illness that led to his death.

Our team does not confirm any rumors about the news, though you can be sure that we are attempting our best to find related information about the tragedy and provide the latest updates as soon as possible; but, do not forget that family privacy should be respected.

He remained active in radio, running the Geator Gold Radio Network and “Memories” in Margate. Blavat was voted “Best Philly Icon” in Philadelphia Magazine in 2018 and was immortalized on a South Philadelphia mural with other local music legends, including the recently passed ‘Wildwood Days singer Bobby Rydell.

Blavat’s family posted a statement Friday requesting Jerry’s friends to resume sharing their memories of him. 

“Jerry proudly said, ‘Life is precious, and I am happy. And when I am happy, I want the world to be happy.’ So he lived life to the fullest and enjoyed sharing life with all of you,” the statement read in part.

 Jerry’s life will be celebrated on Saturday, Jan 28, at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul. A viewing will begin at 9 a.m. with mass scheduled for 11:30 a.m.


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