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Melinda Rose Woodward (1941 - 2016)

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Melinda Rose Woodward (1941 - 2016)

Melinda Rose Woodward, the longtime wife of the Welsh singer Tom Jones, died Sunday morning of cancer in California, Jones announced. She was 75.

A post on the singer's official Facebook page reads: "Sir Tom Jones' wife of 59 years, Lady Melinda Rose Woodward, passed away Sunday morning, April 10, after a short but fierce battle with cancer. Surrounded by her husband and loved ones, she passed away peacefully at Cedars Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles.

"Sir Tom and his family have asked for privacy at this difficult time and no further information is currently available."

Jones and Woodward, whose parents were Welsh coal miners, married when they were 16 in 1957. They have a son, Mark, who survives his mother, who was known as Lady Linda. Mark Jones is his father’s manager.

Many people on Facebook shared their condolences on social media.

“That is love and commitment,” said one on Facebook, referring to the couple’s lengthy marriage. “Can’t imagine what it feels like to lose someone after all that time.”

In an interview with the Sunday Times Magazine prior to the release of his 2015 autobiography, “Over the Top and Back,” Jones said his wife was “an unbelievable woman. She’s the most important thing in my life. All the rest is just fun and games.”

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