Thursday 8 December 2016

Tom Jones' wife Linda dies of cancer, aged 75

Kerri-Ann Roper in London

Published 12/04/2016 | 02:30

Tom Jones with his wife Linda. Sir Tom Jones's wife of 59 years, Lady Melinda Rose Woodward, has died from cancer,
Tom Jones with his wife Linda. Sir Tom Jones's wife of 59 years, Lady Melinda Rose Woodward, has died from cancer,

Tom Jones' wife of 59 years, Lady Melinda Rose Woodward, has died aged 75 after a "short but fierce" battle with cancer.

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She died at the Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles on Sunday, surrounded by her husband and loved ones, a statement said.

Jones and 'Lady Linda', as she was nicknamed, were childhood sweethearts and had been married since 1957.

He recently cancelled a number of his tour dates in Japan, Thailand, South Korea and the United Arab Emirates.

A statement said it was due to "serious illness in his immediate family", adding: "He extends his deepest apologies to both the organisers and the fans, who he is most sad to disappoint."

The couple had known each other since they were 12 and were both the children of coal miners in South Wales.

They started dating at the age of 15 and married a year later in 1957. That same year, their son Mark was born.

In his 2015 autobiography titled 'Over The Top And Back', Jones revealed they had wanted more children, but that a miscarriage had left Linda infertile.

While promoting the book last year, the singer addressed criticism about not including anything on his alleged affairs in the book. He told American TV host Larry King: "I don't think it's important.

"What's the talent? That's the main thing. The rest of it is part of life. It's not what got you there. It's not what is the real person."

Jones had said last year that their marriage was "rock-solid".

In the same interview, he recalled his wife once beating him up after the story of an affair with a Miss World hit the tabloids.

He said: "I stood there and took it. She chinned me."

Lady Linda had suffered from emphysema and reports say that she had previously had brushes with cancer.

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