Jane McDonald’s partner Eddie Rothe has died after battling lung cancer “for the last few months”. The sad news was confirmed in a statement on social media.
It read: “It is with immense sadness that we share the news that Jane’s beloved life partner, Ed, passed away on Friday 26th March.
“He had been battling lung cancer for the last few months.”
Jane’s statement then took the opportunity to thank the NHS and the hospice which cared for Eddie before sharing that his funeral took place today.
“We would like to thank everyone for all their help and support during this very difficult time, especially the NHS staff and the wonderful team at The Wakefield Hospice.
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Jane McDonald shared the sad news on social media
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“The funeral took place earlier today and we would please ask for your kindness in observing Jane’s privacy for her and Ed’s family at this sad time.”
Jane started dating Eddie, 67, who was a drummer in The Searchers, in 2008 – which occurred over twenty years after they were first introduced.
Jane first met Eddie in 1980 and they struck up a romance before deciding to split.
The couple then reunited in 2008 and went on to get engaged.
Jane McDonald started dating Eddie, 67, who was a drummer in The Searchers, in 2008
Jane McDonald first met Eddie in 1980
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Jane, who is best known for her Cruising series on Channel 5, previously opened up on her relationship with Eddie and revealed how their romance had remained so strong.
The presenter and singer explained Eddie understood that she was “married to the job” and how important her career was to her.
She said: “He is very funny and he makes me laugh every day.
“He also brings me a cup of tea every morning, no matter what.
“I am married to my job and that is difficult for anyone, but Ed lets me go off and do what I need to do.”
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Jane has been married twice; first to a man named Paul, and then to Danish engineer Henrik Brixen from 1998 until 2002, before she rekindled her relationship with Eddie.
When the pair reunited, she was working on Loose Women and Eddie happened to be in the same ITV studio as a guest on This Morning.
Jane decided to make the first move and talk to the musician after fearing he had forgotten her, before he offered her his business card and told her to get in touch.
She told the Daily Mirror about their reconciliation: “My life has been a lot of being in the right place at the right time, so being back with Eddie has something of destiny about it.
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“We both realise we are lucky to have found each other again.
“I am genuinely having fun again. I’m more confident than ever and I’ve got a fantastic man who makes me laugh every day.”
Jane also addressed their engagement, admitting in 2011: “This must be the longest courtship and engagement in history.
“We first met when most people in this country weren’t even born!
“Ed’s been so patient. He’s fantastic, adorable and we’re having such a great time together. We are not rushing to get married. I love this one more than I ever loved the others and I don’t want to jinx it.
“In any case, I can’t afford to get divorced again,” she quipped.
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