Jane McDonald's partner Ed Rothe has passed away at the age of 67 after battling lung cancer over the last few months.
The British singer-songwriter took to Twitter to confirm the tragic news, revealing Ed had died in a hospice on March 26. The couple had been together since 2008, after dating briefly during the 1980s as teenagers.
They became engaged on Christmas Eve of 2011, but never married. The pair connected over their understanding of the music industry and their shared love of performing. Ed was was formerly a member of the bands The Searchers and Liquid Gold, while Jane has had a successful career as an easy-listening musician.
Announcement 1/2: It is with immense sadness that we share the news that Jane’s beloved long term partner, Ed, passed away on Friday 26th March. He had been battling lung cancer for the last few months. We would like to thank everyone for all their help and support... pic.twitter.com/yETN3ruHKAApril 7, 2021
When they first became engaged, Jane gushed over how happy she was to be in a relationship with her childhood sweetheart once again. "I feel like I've woken up and all of a sudden it is all happening," she said. "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."
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