How did Jerry Blavat die? Iconic Philadelphia disc Jockey Cause of death Explained

How did Jerry Blavat die? Iconic Philadelphia disc Jockey Cause of death Explained

Jerry Blavat, the legendary disc jockey known as “The Geator with the Heater” and “The Boss with the Hot Sauce” has died at the age of 82. Let’s see more details.

What happened to Jerry Blavat?

Jerry has been struggling with health issues over the past several months. ABC7 News announced on Social Media the demise of the Jerry Blavat

Jerry Blavat, the legendary disc jockey known as “The Geator with the Heater” and “The Boss with the Hot Sauce” has died, Action News has learned. He was 82.

His friend expressed his condolences ,”I pray his family finds peace at this moment. As someone who recently lost a father, my heart is with his four daughters during this time of enormous loss.

There’s one thing I am sure of: The Geator’s beat will always pulse throughout this city’s veins, with the vibrancy and zest only “The Boss with the Hot Sauce” could spread.

Rest in sweet peace, dear Jerry”.


Jerry’s Cause of death

Early this morning, Philadelphia lost A LIVING LEGEND. He passed away at 3:45 A.M. Friday at the hospice at Jefferson-Methodist Hospital from the effects of myasthenia gravis and related health issues.

He leaves behind four daughters, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and his longtime partner Keely Stahl. Blavat was recently suffering from medical issues related to a shoulder injury and had to cancel an upcoming show at the Kimmel Cultural Campus due to his health, according to his website.

How did Jerry Blavat die? Iconic Philadelphia disc Jockey Cause of death Explained

Jerry Blavat Health

According to the update Jerry posted to his website on 10th January, Jerry Blavat had to miss or postpone some of his performance due to health problems relating to his torn shoulders.

Jerry wrote, “Since Labor Day weekend I have had some health issues related to my torn shoulders. After getting all kinds of evaluations, it turns out it is more than the shoulders, it is a nerve and muscular tissue. Recently I have been getting medical attention and the most modern therapies available for this condition, which is not life-threatening, but because of the treatments, my doctors have advised me to cut down on my schedule for the time being.”

Who was Jerry Blavat?

Jerry Blavat, whose full name is Gerald Joseph “Jerry” Blavat, is a well-known American disc jockey and performer. He is popularly known as “The Geator with the Heater” and “The Big Boss with the Hot Sauce” and has been a major influencer in promoting oldies music on the radio.

Blavat was born on July 3, 1940, in South Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in the United States. His father was Jewish, and his mother was Italian. Blavat got married but has been living separately from her wife since 1976. The couple had four daughters together.

The popular artist Jerry Blavat is active across different social media platforms, and his Instagram username is @geatorgold. His Instagram bio reads his popular tag names, “The Geator with the Heater” and “The Big Boss with the Hot Sauce.”

Jerry’s Career Journey

Jerry Blavat, a well-known American disc jockey, and icon from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, first rose to prominence locally as the organizer of local live dances that eventually led to the creation of his independent radio program. The Four Seasons and the Isley Brothers were just two of the 1960s performers who Blavat brought to a larger audience through his show.

He’s been spinning records at Margate, New Jersey’s Memories nightclub since it opened in 1972. In 1993, Blavat was admitted into the Philadelphia Music Alliance Hall of Fame. He was included in the Radio and Records Museum’s permanent exhibit when he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993.
Since January 2002, he has been doing annual oldies concerts at the Kimmel Center for Performing Arts in Philadelphia.

Blavat Published his autobiography

In July 2011, Blavat published his autobiography, “You Only Rock Once: My Life in Music,” under the publisher Running Press. After its third printing, the book was released in paperback two years later. It was released as an audiobook in 2014. The popular Philadelphia, PA, icon was voted “Best Philly Icon” in Philadelphia magazine’s 2018 readers poll.

Alleged Mafia connections

Greek mob leader Chelsais “Steve” Bouras was killed in a contract killing. Blavat and a group of other diners were at a South Philadelphia restaurant for dinner in 1981.

Blavat’s connection to the Bruno-Scarfo criminal family was made public during an inquiry by the New Jersey State Commission of Investigation into organized crime’s role in the alcohol industry in the early 1990s.

Thomas A. DelGiorno, a former Scarfo family capo, testified that Blavat had given a “street tax” to the crime family regularly, had bought a $40,000 yacht for Nicodemo Scarfo, the crime family’s leader, and was one of several people who bought Scarfo a condo in Florida.

 In exchange, the criminal organization secured employment for Blavat throughout the state and also kept union organizers out of Blavat’s nightclub. Del Giorno also testified that Blavat regularly served as a driver for crime boss Angelo Bruno. Blavat pled the fifth and has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing.

Tributes Posted on Social Media

Raffaele Fusca Posted

RIP, Geator…. #Legend

Legends come and go; life is about making Memories; so make as many damn good ones while we’re still here cause that’s all we can take with us…

“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.

Chris Ruggiero Posted

I never shared the stage with Jerry Blavat, the Geator with the Heater, but I shared a flight with him once, FLL to PHL, and he was a ball of fire. I just found out that he passed away this morning in hospice care, and I can’t imagine him any way except how he was when I met him – full of life, full of stories, very kind and so encouraging to me. Sending love to Keely and all of his family. RIP The Boss With the Hot Sauce.

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