Iron Maiden star Bruce Dickinson was ‘stunned’ by the sudden death of his estranged wife, while friends said the rocker thought she was ‘happier and more established’.
Tragic Patrice Bowden, 58, known as Paddy, was found dead in her £ 3 million mansion in Chiswick, West London, which she shared with the rock star before leaving.
But friends say, despite the split, Mr. Dickinson’s relationship with his estranged wife had “ improved a lot ” in the months leading up to her death.
The former couple was in a “good spot” and Mr. Dickinson thought Paddy was happier and firmer.
He was shocked by news of her death, the source added.
It’s as friends told MailOnline on Monday that Paddy had been hiding in her £ 3 million house in the months leading up to her death on Monday.
She is said to have been found by her housekeeper.
As an exclusive video show, three forensic police officers, wearing white protective bodysuits, entered the house while distraught relatives waited outside.
Bruce Maiden’s estranged wife, Bruce Dickinson Patrice Bowden, locked herself in her £ 3 million home in the months leading up to her death yesterday, friends told MailOnline today. In the photo: the couple together in 2013
The rocker thought his estranged wife was in a “good place” leading up to her death
Three forensic police officers, wearing white protective bodysuits, entered Chiswick’s house, where Paddy Bowden was found dead while distraught relatives waited outside
Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson’s son Austin (right, in 2015) said he “ doesn’t even have the words ” after the death of his mother Patrice Bowden (second left). Left: the other son of the former Griffin couple
Former couple Austin Dickinson’s son wrote a heartbreaking post on Instagram
A friend said to the sun, “Paddy has had her problems and, of course, the divorce was difficult, as it would be for everyone, but actually things between her and Bruce were much better.
“She took some time away and he lived in Paris, but their divorce went surprisingly smoothly and the family remained like a tight-knit family, so Bruce hoped she might be happier and more secure.”
Neighbors say Mrs. Bowden, 58, was a “very private person” who had rarely been seen since her split from Dickinson last November.
One, who declined to be named, said her friends had said she was “depressed” after her marriage broke up, although a family statement on behalf of Dickinson described her death as a “tragic accident.”
The son of former couple Austin Dickinson wrote in a heartbreaking post on Instagram: ‘Many of you have seen the news by now.
“My mother has died tragically, I don’t even have the words to say now and I ask for privacy and respect for myself and our family.”
An ambulance was called at 9:42 am yesterday, followed by a police car and then a private ambulance, which took Ms. Bowden’s body about two hours later.
Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson’s estranged wife – Paddy Bowden (with Dickinson in 2014) – died in a ‘tragic accident’
The couple (pictured together in 2016) split in November – 29 years after they got married
Mrs. Bowden is said to have lived alone on the property, which has a recording studio at the back.
A neighbor said today: “She was a very nice, down-to-earth lady with a very sweet character and who radiated a kind of hippie vibe.
“But I hadn’t seen her in a while, she didn’t go out very often since the breakup with her husband.
According to some of her friends, she had been a bit depressed lately.
“I have to say that on one occasion I saw her looking good, but I didn’t know her as well as others.
“It is terrible to happen. My heart goes out to her family. As far as I know, she lived alone in that big house, but some of her children were waiting outside the property with the ambulance and the police yesterday.
“One of them, a girl in her twenties, was really upset and comforted by someone.
Iron Maiden frontman (pictured at Sweden Rock Festival in 2018) married Paddy in 1990 after two years of dating
The couple’s divorce (pictured at Shakespeare’s Globe Gala Dinner in 2013) was estimated at £ 90 million
“The housekeeper was there too. She received a long statement from a police officer.
“At first we thought it could be a coronavirus-related death because only the police entered the house in protective gear, but I think it was forensic investigation. I don’t know what the cause of death is. ‘
Mrs. Bowden’s house is surrounded by a two meter high wooden fence and gate.
Mister Dickinson is said to have had it built to prevent curious heavy metal fans from looking inside their home.
Another neighbor told MailOnline: “Paddy was a woman of her own, she kept a lot to herself.
Dickinson and Bowden (left in 2015 and right in 2016) married in 1990 after two years of dating and share three children together
After his split from Bowden, it was revealed that Dickinson had moved to Paris and had a relationship with the Leana Dolce (pictured together in Paris)
After news of their relationship broke up, a friend of Leana told The Mirror at the time: ‘Leana (pictured) has always been a big fan of Iron Maiden and has followed them for almost 10 years’
Dickinson (pictured), who left the band in 1993 to rejoin in 1999, is known for his energy and vocal range on stage
The front man (pictured in Dublin, Ireland in 2010) battled throat cancer stage 3 in 2015
Iron Maiden was founded in Leyton, East London in 1975 and has sold over 100 million copies of their albums
“She hid in that house, behind the big gate and gates, and we didn’t see her much.
“We saw very little of her when she and Bruce were together – and even less when she was alone.
“She was just a nice lady, someone you’d nod to and say hello.”
Dickinson, 61, and his ex-wife, who have three children together, sons Austin, 29, Griffin, 27, and daughter Kia, 28, separated after a shock divorce worth an estimated £ 90 million.
In a heartfelt statement, Dickinson said, “This is a terrible tragedy that appears to be a tragic accident. Our children Austin, Griffin and Kia and I are devastated.
Comedian Sanjeev Bhaskar took to Twitter to share his latest message from Bowden, whom he called a ‘wonderful and always supportive friend’
“Out of respect for Paddy, we won’t be commenting again in this hugely difficult and painful time for our family.”
The London Ambulance Service also confirmed that they had been on site, but that the patient was pronounced dead on arrival.
A spokesman said, “We were called today at 9:42 am for reports of a person feeling unwell in Barrowgate Road, Chiswick.
We sent two paramedics on the spot – the first arrived within two minutes.
“Unfortunately, the patient had already died.”
The Iron Maiden frontman, previously married to Jane Dickinson, married Bowden, who was a psychotherapist by profession, in 1990 after a two-year relationship.
However, in November 2019, it was reported that the musician had quietly parted ways with Ms. Bowden and went through a multi-million pound breakout.
It was later revealed that Dickinson had left the marital home to move to Paris after entering into a relationship with ‘fitness teacher, journalist and fashion blogger’ Leana Dolci, who is believed to be in his 40s.
The frontman’s sons followed their father’s musical footsteps, with Austin the lead singer of heavy metal band Rise to Remain until their split in 2015 and Griffin the lead singer of the metalcore band SHVPES.
Founded in Leyton, East London in 1975, Iron Maiden has sold over 100 million copies of their albums and won multiple awards, making them one of the most successful heavy metal bands of all time.
In light of the coronavirus pandemic, the band recently announced that they would cancel their Legacy of the Beast World Tour until June 2021.
The heavy metal band Iron Maiden backstage at the Alpine Valley Music Theater in Wisconsin in 1983. Pictured from left to right: Dave Murray, Steve Harris, Bruce Dickinson, Nicko McBrain and Adrian Smith
The musician (photo) and his wife separated in November, 29 years after they got married. Their shock breakup was estimated at £ 90 million
A message on their website said: “Due to continuing health concerns around Covid-19 around the world, we unfortunately inform you that Iron Maiden will only be giving concerts in June 2021.”
She added, “The band is fine and sending you all their best wishes, they are really looking forward to getting back on stage next year and seeing you all, so please keep taking care of yourself and stay SMART.”
Dickinson, who also flies with Iron Maiden on a tour of the band’s Boeing 747, Ed Force One, is also a brewer, screenwriter, novelist, BBC radio host and entrepreneur, as well as a world-class fencer.
The singer still continues to actively tour with the rock band that has written hits, including Run To The Hills and Can I Play With Madness.
He is also chairman of an airline company in the Vale of Glamorgan that will receive millions of euros in new investments.
Today, fans took to social media to pay tribute to the former wife of the Iron Maiden musician
In 2014, Dickinson confirmed that he had boycotted Glastonbury because he was ‘too bourgeois’.
He said at the time, “I personally have no interest in going to Glastonbury. Back in the days when Glasto was an alternative festival, it was quite interesting, but wherever Gwyneth Paltrow goes and you can live in an air-conditioned yurt is not for me. ‘
Last year, the musician revealed that his next solo album would be out in 2020 during an interview with Argentina’s Clarin magazine.