Sir Tom Jones's wife of 59 years dies


Sir Tom Jones's wife of 59 years, Lady Melinda Rose Woodward, has died after a "short but fierce" battle with cancer.

She died on Sunday, surrounded by her husband and loved ones, a statement said.

The statement from Live Nation continued: "Sir Tom and his family have asked for privacy at this difficult time and no further information is currently available."

Sir Tome Jones and his wife Linda in 1970
The couple had been married for 59 years (PA Archive)

Known as Linda, she died at the Cedars-Sinai hospital in Los Angeles.

Sir Tom, 75, recently cancelled a number of his tour dates in Japan, Thailand, South Korea and the United Arab Emirates.

A statement said it was due to "serious illness in his immediate family".

The former Voice coach and Lady Linda, as she was nicknamed, had been married since 1957, and have one son, Mark.

She was his childhood sweetheart and they had known each other since they were 12.

They were both the children of coal miners in South Wales.

Sir Tom Jones performing
Sir Tom Jones and his wife were childhood sweethearts (Joe Giddens/PA)

The couple started dating at the age of 15, and married a year later when they were both 16 in 1957. That same year, their son Mark was born.

In his 2015 autobiography titled Over The Top And Back, Sir Tom revealed they wanted more children, but a miscarriage had left Lady Linda infertile.