Jane McDonald’s Loose Women colleagues send ‘deepest condolences’ after fiancé Ed’s death | Celebrity News | Showbiz & TV
Jane McDonald’s former Loose Women colleagues have offered their support after a member of the cruise singer’s team announced Eddie Rothe, 67, had died after battling lung cancer. The former panellist had been engaged to Eddie since December 2008 after reuniting earlier that year, when their teenage love was sparked once more.
Jane, 58, had dated Ed for several months during their youth while she worked behind the bar at The Pussycat Club in her hometown of Wakefield, West Yorkshire, while starting her career.
The singer famously covered Ed’s hit Dance Yourself Dizzy, from his time drumming in the band Liquid Gold.
In a heartbreaking post, a member of Jane’s management team took to social media to confirm that, after a short battle with lung cancer, the rockstar had passed away on March 26.
Tweeting from the official Loose Women Twitter account, the show penned in response to the news: “Our deepest condolences go to our friend and former Loose Woman Jane McDonald whose life partner Ed Rothe has passed away.
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“Ed was a part of our Loose Women family for many years and appeared on our show on numerous occasions. We’re sending love to Jane and her and Ed’s family.”
Actress and former co-star Nadia Sawalha added: “I’m so sorry for your loss Jane. So dreadfully sad. Sending my deepest condolences xx.”
The Bill actress and former Loose Women star Lisa Maxwell penned: “One of life’s loveliest humans has passed. RIP lovely Ed. Thinking of you my darling @TheJaneMcDonald.”
Liverpool-born actress Crissy Rock also offered her heartfelt condolences to Jane, taking to her Twitter account and saying: “My heart is breaking for the lovely Jane McDonald on the loss of her life partner Ed who has sadly passed away. Thoughts, love and prayers to Jane and Ed’s family.”
Emmerdale star Natalie Anderson also tweeted: “Sending so so much love. Thinking of you Jane and family.”
Sharing the heartbreaking news, a tweet to Jane’s 165,900 Twitter followers read: “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 statement went on to say: “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.”
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Jane and Ed who resided in Wakefield met by chance in 2008 while Ed was appearing on This Morning with his band The Searchers and he decided to take his chance and ask her out again.
Lead guitarist Frank Allen said: “She popped in to say hello, and they have been seeing each other ever since. They seem blissfully happy to be together again and are often dining out at the Ivy.
“What’s more, Ed can’t stop talking about her when we are on tour.”
Recalling their chat after reuniting, Jane said: “He said, ‘Look I’ve just been through a divorce, here’s my card if you want to talk to me’.”
“I couldn’t wait, I ran home from Loose Women, I couldn’t wait to talk to him because a lot had happened.
“I thought what if he doesn’t know who I am, I really did. I thought he’d be like ‘Who are you?'”
Ed accompanied Jane during her farewell performance on Loose Women as she covered his hit single, Dance Yourself Dizzy, with the musician playing the drums for his fiancé back in 2010.
Speaking about her life partner, the singer 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.”
The pair, who called time on their first relationship when Jane was just 18, initially split due to Ed’s “rock and roll” lifestyle.