Jane McDonald’s partner Eddie Rothe dies aged 67

Walter Rother and Jane McDonald attending the Virgin TV British Academy Television Awards 2018 held at the Royal Festival Hal
Walter Rother and Jane McDonald attending the Virgin TV British Academy Television Awards 2018 held at the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, London

Singer Jane McDonald has announced her partner Eddie Rothe has died aged 67 after being diagnosed with lung cancer.

A statement shared on the former Loose Women star’s Twitter account said Rothe, best-known for being part of 1960s band The Searchers, had been battling the disease “for the last few months”.

He died on March 26 and the funeral took place on Wednesday.

The statement, shared alongside a picture of McDonald, 58, and Rothe smiling together, said: “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 during this very difficult time, especially the NHS staff and the wonderful team at The Wakefield Hospice.

“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.”

McDonald and Rothe first dated as teenagers before rekindling their romance almost 30 years later after a chance meeting on the set of This Morning.

They got engaged in 2008.

McDonald, who hosted the Channel 5 show Cruising With Jane McDonald, wrote about their relationship in her 2019 autobiography Riding The Waves: My Story.

She praised Rothe, a drummer, for helping her with her career.

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