Sir Tom Jones' wife Lady Melinda Rose Woodward dies after losing cancer battle

Published Monday, Apr 11 2016, 13:14 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
Sir Tom Jones' wife Lady Melinda Rose Woodward has died after losing her battle to cancer.

Lady Melinda - known as Linda - was married to singer Tom for 59 years. She died aged 75 on Sunday morning at Cedars Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles, surrounded by Tom and loved ones.

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Singer Tom Jones, with son and wife, 1969.

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The statement said she "passed away peacefully" after a "short but fierce" battle with cancer. "Sir Tom and his family have asked for privacy at this difficult time," the statement continued.

Tom recently cancelled international tour dates due to a "serious illness" in his family.

He met childhood sweetheart Linda when they were both 12 years old, and after dating at the age of 15, they married a year later in 1957. They are parents to son Mark, 59, who is also Sir Tom's manager.

Last year, Tom told Sunday Times Magazine of Lady Linda: "She is an unbelievable woman. She's the most important thing in my life. All the rest is just fun and games."