Jane McDonald reveals that fiancé Eddie Rothe has died at the age of 68 after a battle with lung cancer
Jane McDonald reveals fiancé Eddie Rothe has passed away: The Searchers drummer dies aged 68 after battle with lung cancer
Jane McDonald has revealed that her fiancé Eddie Rothe has passed away.
A statement published on the singer’s Twitter account, 58, confirmed that Walter ‘Eddie’ Rothe, 68, died on March 26, after a months-long battle with lung cancer.
Alongside a photo of the couple, Jane’s statement confirmed that the former The Searchers drummer’s funeral took place Wednesday morning.
Sad news: Jane McDonald has revealed that her fiancé Eddie Rothe has died at the age of 68 after months of battle with lung cancer
The statement read: “It is with great sadness that we share the news that Jane’s beloved life partner, Ed, passed away on Friday, March 26.
He’s been fighting lung cancer for the past few months. We want to thank everyone for all their help and support in this very difficult time, especially the NHS staff and the wonderful team at The Wakefield Hospice.
“The funeral took place earlier today, and we would kindly ask for your kindness in respecting Jane’s privacy for her and Ed’s family at this sad time.”
MailOnline has contacted Jane McDonald’s representatives for comment.
Former Loose Women star and musician Eddie met in 1980 and dated for six months before they split up and move on with their lives.
The couple broke up when Jane decided to pursue a career singing on cruises – a career in which she became a celebrity after appearing on the BBC show The Cruise.
Jane got married twice; first to a man named Paul, then to Danish engineer Henrik Brixen from 1998 to 2002, before reviving her relationship with Eddie.
She told the Daily Mirror: ‘My life has been a lot of time being in the right place at the right time, so being back with Eddie is something of fate. We both realize that we are lucky to have found each other again.
‘I’m really having fun again. I am more confident than ever and I have a wonderful man who makes me laugh every day. ‘
Childhood sweethearts: Former Loose Women star and musician Eddie met in 1980 and dated for six months before breaking up and moving on with their lives
Speaking about their engagement in 2011, Jane admitted, ‘This has to be the longest courtship and engagement in history. We first met when most of the people in this country weren’t even born yet!
‘Ed has been so patient. He’s fantastic, cute and we have such a great time together. We are not in a hurry to get married.
‘I love this one more than I ever loved the others and I don’t want to ignore it. In any case, I can’t afford to get a divorce again, ‘the star joked.