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Sir Tom Jones loses wife of 59 years to cancer

By Kerri-Ann Roper

Published 12/04/2016

Tom Jones with wife Linda
Tom Jones with wife Linda
Tom Jones with his wife Linda in 1970

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

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

The former Voice coach and Lady Linda, as she was nicknamed, were childhood sweethearts and had been married since 1957. He recently cancelled a number of his world tour dates to be with her.

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. 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 Over The Top And Back, Sir Tom revealed they wanted more children but a miscarriage had left his wife infertile.

While promoting the book the What's New Pussycat singer addressed criticism about not including anything on his extramarital affairs.

He told American TV host Larry King: "I don't think it's important. It's not what has made me.

"I've always looked at entertainers as 'why is that person where he or she is?' What's the talent? That's the main thing.

"The rest of it is part of life."

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