Tuesday 18 December 2018

Paul Young’s wife Stacey dies after two-year cancer battle

The singer married his wife 30 years ago.

Paul Young's wife Stacey dies after cancer battle (Yui Mok/PA)
Paul Young's wife Stacey dies after cancer battle (Yui Mok/PA)

By Lucy Mapstone, Press Association Deputy Entertainment Editor

The wife of singer Paul Young, Stacey, has died after a two-year battle with brain cancer.

Stacey, a former model, was 52 when she died in the presence of her husband and children.

Young said on Twitter: “Sadly Stacey has passed away today after a two year fight with brain cancer. She died peacefully at our home surrounded by family, friends and her four children: Levi, Layla, Grady and Jude.”

Young met Stacey on the video shoot for his second single Come Back and Stay in 1983.

They married in 1987 and have three children together – daughters Levi and Layla, and son Grady.

Paul Young

Young and Stacey split in 2006 before getting back together again three years later.

In the time they were separated, Stacey had her fourth child, son Jude, with Israeli businessman Ilan Slazenger.

Following their reconciliation, the pop singer became Jude’s stepfather.

Young’s publicist told the Press Association: “The family respectfully ask for privacy at this time.”

Tributes have been pouring in, led by Rod Stewart, who tweeted, "My dear Paul Young, my heart goes out to you for your loss. Stacey was warm, wonderful and always got the joke. Much love - Rod."

Paul replied: "Thanks Rod: still can’t believe you recommended the brunette! And you were spot on x."

Actress Patsy Palmer tweeted: "Hey Paul. I'm so sad and very sorry for your loss. I loved Stacey she was a beautiful angel inside and out . You are all in my prayers."

Martin Kemp wrote: "Love going out to Paul Young and family tonight... So sad to hear Stacey lost her battle today! Our thoughts and love are with you all Mx"

And Rolling Stone rocker Ronnie Wood's former wife Jo called Stacey a "lovely woman".

Paul later wrote on Twitter: "Twitter keeps jamming with your lovely messages so I can’t get to read them all! But I appreciate every one x."

Press Association

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