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Philly Radio Icon Jerry Blavat’s Death Following Health Issues

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Details of Philly Radio Icon Jerry Blavat’s cause of death surfaced on the Internet on January 20, 2023. He passed away from the effects of myasthenia gravis and related health issues.

A source close to Blavat’s family confirmed Jerry Blavat’s death Friday morning. The source said the legendary disc jockey died at 3:45 a.m. Friday at the hospice at Jefferson-Methodist Hospital.

Jerry Blavat was recently suffering from medical issues related to a shoulder injury so he had to cancel an upcoming show at the Kimmel Cultural Campus because of his health, according to his website.

Gerald Joseph “Jerry” Blavat was born on July 3, 1940, in South Philadelphia to a Jewish father and an Italian mother. “The Geator” was mainly known as one of the early rock-and-roll DJs who revolutionized the profession.

As a disc jockey and performer he had been a major influence in promoting oldies music on the radio. Blavat gained local fame hosting live dances in the area, leading to his own radio show, on which he introduced many acts in the 1960s to many audiences, including the Four Seasons and The Isley Brothers.

When asked about his career as a disc jockey and rise to fame, Jerry said in an interview, “So my life has been about wonderful people. And if it ends tomorrow, I’ll have no regrets because I made people happy, and by making people happy, it fulfilled my life.”

In 1953, he debuted on the original Bandstand on WFIL-TV with Lee Stewart and Bob Horn. In 1956, Jerry managed a national tour for Danny and the Juniors, and he worked as Don Rickles’ valet from 1958 to 1059.

Blavat got his start in radio in 1960. By 1963, his show was syndicated in Trenton, Pottstown, Camden, Atlantic City, Wilmington, and Allentown.

He said he rejected to follow a playlist, “playing music from the heart, not a research chart.” During the 1960s, the talented DJ was a partner in the Crimson and Lost Nite record labels, with Jared Weinstein and Collectables Records’ founder Jerry Greene.

Together, the three possessed Record Museum, a now-defunct chain of record stores based in Philadelphia. He produced and hosted a weekly television show in Philadelphia called The Discophonic Scene from 1965 to 1967.

He guest-starred on TV shows including The Tonight Show, The Mod Squad, The Monkees, and The Joey Bishop Show. Blavat starred in the movies Baby It’s You, Desperately Seeking Susan, and Cookie.

In 1972, he purchased a nightclub in Margate, New Jersey, and named it “Memories”.

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Jerry Blavat’s Cause of Death at 82 Disclosed

According to the details surrounding Jerry Blavat’s cause of death, he died following complications from myasthenia gravis and related health issues. He was 82.

In 1993, Jerry was inducted into the Philadelphia Music Alliance’s Hall of Fame. The star was included in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1998 as part of a permanent exhibit in its Museum of Radio and Records.

In 2002, Blavat was inducted into the Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia’s “Hall of Fame”. Jerry served as a regular columnist for the Atlantic City Weekly for over 20 years.

Jerry Blavat's cause of death was announced

His autobiography, You Only Rock Once: My Life In Music, was published by Running Press in July 2011. In 2018, he was voted “Best Philly Icon” in a reader’s poll conducted by Philadelphia magazine.

He celebrated his 60th consecutive year on the radio on January 15, 2020. Blavat leaves behind his longtime partner Keely Stahl, four daughters, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

After the sad news of Jerry Blavat’s death was revealed, his friends and fans quickly flooded social media with tribute messages. Many fans also took to Twitter to pay touching tributes to him.

“My friend @JerryBlavat has died. He was everybody’s friend. I was a fan who later became a friend. I am going to miss him. Condolences to his family and all of us. PS Believe it or not this is not the whole tribute video I have on Instagram,” Hughe Dillon wrote on Twitter.

Glen Macnow tweeted: “RIP to ‘The Geator with the Heater,’ a Philly icon. I once did an appearance with Jerry Blavat & was struck by how he made each person feel he or she was his best friend. A smart, talented, warm, and funny person.”

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