Jane McDonald announces her fiancé Eddie Rothe has died

Joe Anderton
·2-min read
Photo credit: Karwai Tang - Getty Images
Photo credit: Karwai Tang - Getty Images

Jane McDonald has sadly announced that her fiancé Eddie Rothe has died after a cancer diagnosis.

The official Instagram page for the Loose Women and Cruising with Jane McDonald star confirmed the news on Wednesday (April 7), shortly after his funeral.

"It is with immense sadness that we share the news that Jane’s beloved long term partner, Ed, passed away on Friday 26th March," the post read.

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"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."

Eddie, also known as Ed, Wally or Walter, had a long musical career. He was part of the disco group Liquid Gold from 1977 to 1983, scoring a number two hit with 'Dance Yourself Dizzy' and losing out on a place in the 1981 Eurovision Song Contest to Buck's Fizz, who won the whole thing with 'Making Your Mind Up'.

The 67-year-old was also a member of the Merseybeat group The Searchers between 1999 and 2009. He and Jane got engaged in 2008 but never married.

The couple were friends from their teenage years and first met in 1980 according to The Mirror. They rekindled a romantic relationship after they reunited years down the line.

Following his death, many fans shared their condolences on Twitter.

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