Wife of Tory MP Owen Paterson found dead at family home

Rose Paterson was found dead at her home. (PA)Rose Paterson File Photo

The wife of Conservative former cabinet minister Owen Paterson has been found dead at their family home, the MP has said.

In a statement, Mr Paterson said the loss of his wife, Rose, had come as a "terrible shock" to the family.

"It is with great sadness that I must inform you that my wife, Rose, has been found dead at our family home in Shropshire," he said.

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File photo dated 9/4/2015 of Aintree Racecourse chairman Rose Paterson. The wife of Conservative former cabinet minister Owen Paterson has been found dead at their family home, the MP has said. In a statement, Mr Paterson said the loss of his wife, Rose, had come as a "terrible shock" to the family.
Aintree Racecourse chairman Rose Paterson during the Grand Opening Day of the Crabbies Grand National Festival at Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool.
File photo dated 1/2/2015 of Chairman of Aintree Racecouse Rose Paterson. The wife of Conservative former cabinet minister Owen Paterson has been found dead at their family home, the MP has said. In a statement, Mr Paterson said the loss of his wife, Rose, had come as a "terrible shock" to the family.
Tony McCoy is installed into the Grand National Legends Wall of Fame, as he receives his plaque from Aintree Chairwoman Rose Paterson during the Grand Opening Day of the Crabbies Grand National Festival at Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool.
Aintree Chairwoman Rose Paterson stands next to the Grand National Legends Wall of Fame during the Grand Opening Day of the Crabbies Grand National Festival at Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday April 9, 2015. See PA story RACING Aintree. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire
Owen Paterson during a press conference in central London with former Ukip leader Nigel Farage where they launched a paper on the impact of Brexit on the fisheries industry.
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Owen Paterson leaves 10 Downing Sreet in central London after a cabinet meeting.
Environment Secretary Owen Paterson arrives at a Cobra meeting at the Cabinet Office in London, chaired by the Prime Minister to discuss the impact of the recent floods and storms in the UK.
Environment Secretary Owen Paterson visiting Northmoor Pumping Station in Somerset.
Environment Secretary Owen Paterson visits the Environment Agency river defence barriers on Osney Island in Oxford, as Britain remains at risk of more flooding as rain continues to plague the south of the country and tidal surges batter the coast.
Environment secretary Owen Paterson views genetically modified crops through a greenhouse window during a visit to Rothamsted Research, in Harpenden, Hertfordshire.
Environment secretary Owen Paterson uses a particle gun used in the testing of genetically modified crops during a visit to Rothamsted Research, in Harpenden, Hertfordshire.
Environment Secretary Owen Paterson during the National Farmer's Union annual Conference at the ICC, Birmingham.
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Owen Paterson (left) speaks to the media outside Defra Headquarters, London, after after meeting with representatives of the food industry.
Queen Elizabeth II with Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Owen Paterson as she arrives at Hillsborough Castle, County Down, during a two-day visit to Northern Ireland as part of the Diamond Jubilee tour.
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Owen Paterson (left) watches on as London Mayor Boris Johnson accidently breaks a pole during the unveiling a life-size mock-up of the new hop-on, hop-off double-decker bus for London based on the driver-and-conductor Routemaster in Acton in west London.
Justice Secretary Ken Clarke (left) and Conservative MP for North Shropshire Owen Paterson leave Downing Street, London, following a Cabinet meeting this morning.
Prime Minister David Cameron (left) with Northern Ireland Secretary of State Owen Paterson at Stormont Castle in Belfast, during Mr Cameron's first engagement in the region since taking office.
Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Owen Paterson during the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester.
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"Rose and I were married for 40 happy years. She was a wonderful, caring wife, mother and grandmother.

"Her death has come as a terrible shock to us all. I would ask the media to respect the privacy of myself and my family at this extremely difficult time."

Mrs Paterson, the daughter of the fourth Viscount Ridley, was the chairman of Aintree Racecourse. The couple married in 1980 and had two sons and a daughter.

The cause of death has so far not been revealed.

Paying tribute to Mrs Paterson, the Jockey Club – where she was one of the Board of Stewards – described her as a "wonderful person".

Sandy Dudgeon, Senior Steward of The Jockey Club, said:

"This is tragic news and our thoughts go out to Rose's husband Owen and all members of her family.

"Rose was a wonderful person and involved in so many aspects of our sport. She was a skilled Chairman at Aintree, a valued member of our Board of Stewards and headed up our Horse Welfare Group. She also enjoyed participating at grassroots level over many years.

"We appreciated her contribution very much and my fellow Stewards and I looked forward to hearing her sound views on a subject, where she was always sensitive to the best course of action for racing. She will be missed greatly for the person she was."

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