UNITED KINGDOM – Engelbert Humperdinck and his family are “heartbroken” after his wife Patricia Healey’s death. The Release Me crooner has been married to his spouse since 1964.
The 84-year-old announced his other half died last night, in a moving Facebook post. It comes just days after he asked his fans to pray for Patricia in her battle with both Alzheimer’s and Covid-19. Engelbert said she had “slipped softly away” with him by her side, and their children via videocall.
The star, who has a daughter and three sons with his late spouse, prayed with his family and she was “blessed with the water from Lourdes” before she died.
Engelbert said: “Dear friends, please forgive the silence, after the unbelievable response to our plea for prayers. Our family is heartbroken over the loss of my darling wife. Last night she slipped softly away, as if by God’s clockwork. The last rites were given just before our usual prayers at the 8 pm hour, by our nephew, Father Paul. It was 4 am for him.”
Engelbert stated that they were “so grateful” to have him involved, “with a familiar voice and such love”.
He wrote online: “She was surrounded by our children, Louise, Jason, Brad, with Scott on FaceTime. Her long-time caregivers lovingly helped make her transition easier on us all.”
The Last Waltz singer said Patricia was now “freely running the glorious gardens of Heaven, reunited with so many loved ones”.
Patricia has been suffering from Alzheimer’s – the most common type of dementia in the UK, according to the NHS – since about 2007.
The website states dementia is a syndrome (a group of related symptoms) associated with an ongoing decline of brain functioning. It can affect memory, thinking skills and other mental abilities.
Engelbert went on to write: “We prayed as a family, blessed her with the water from Lourdes and off she went… ushered into the arms of Jesus with help from the generous heart filled prayers from all around the world. I thank those who reached out in what we now know were her final days, and sent energy, love and words of deep connection to a loving God. He will be the ultimate caregiver of peace and love.”
He stated: “Patricia’s battle with Alzheimer’s was brave from the very beginning. She never resisted as we tried to leave no stone unturned. We love you beyond words, forever and always. It is slipping now into the minutes of a full day without you. Goodnight my baby.”
On Thursday, he gave a touching update on Patricia, admitting “a miracle” was needed for “my darling wife”.