Jane McDonald has introduced the demise of her long-term fiance, musician Eddie Rothe, following a most cancers prognosis.
The information was confirmed “with immense disappointment” on the singer and TV presenter’s official social media websites on Wednesday, shortly after his funeral.
Rothe died on Friday 26 March, the assertion mentioned, and had been “battling lung most cancers for the previous few months” of his life.
“We wish to thank everybody for all their assist and help throughout this very troublesome time, particularly the NHS workers and the fantastic crew at The Wakefield Hospice,” the assertion mentioned.
McDonald rose to fame within the late Nineteen Nineties after her look on BBC present The Cruise, and went on to launch a number of albums in addition to her personal collection, Cruising With Jane McDonald.
She was additionally a former panellist on daytime present Free Girls.
The star had been in a relationship with Rothe, who she had identified since she was a youngster, for greater than a decade.
He additionally had a protracted musical profession, enjoying in bands together with Liquid Gold and The Searchers. With Liquid Gold, he narrowly missed out on representing the UK at Eurovision in 1981 to Bucks Fizz – who went on to win with Making Your Thoughts Up.
Among the many tributes to Rothe on social media was a press release from Free Girls, saying: “Our deepest condolences go to our buddy and former Free Lady Jane McDonald whose life associate Ed Rothe has handed away.
“Ed was part of our Free Girls household for a few years and appeared on our present on quite a few events. We’re sending like to Jane and her and Ed’s household.”