Son Says Joseph Wapner, Who Presided Over ‘The People’s Court’, Dead At 97

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A family member says Joseph Wapner, who presided over “The People’s Court” with steady force during the heyday of the reality courtroom show, has died. He was 97.

David Wapner said his father died Sunday at home in his sleep. He said his father was hospitalized a week ago with breathing problems and had been under home hospice care.

“The People’s Court” was one of the granddaddies of the syndicated reality shows of today.

Wapner decided real small-claims cases on the show from 1981 to 1993. He auditioned for the show soon after retiring from Los Angeles courts, where he had been a judge for more than 20 years.

His affable, no-nonsense approach attracted many fans, putting the show in the top five in syndication at its peak.

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  1. may you rest in peace you honor you also was on divorce court as well i liked both shows i hope you are the judge in gods court and sencenting those who derseve to be sententeced with the gable down i think you are better then judge judy she is ok but you made the court room on tv real…… may the Gable be with you cling cling cling cases cloesed

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