Engelbert Humperdinck’s wife Patricia has died after contracting Covid-19.
The singer confirmed the sad news that Patricia ‘slipped away’ on Friday night, after battling Alzheimer’s and testing positive for coronavirus.
Engelbert, 84, wrote on Facebook: ‘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 Gods clockwork. The last rites were given just before our usual prayers at the 8pm hour, by our nephew, Father Paul. It was 4am for him.
‘We were so grateful to have him gently lead Popea through this last chapter, with a familiar voice and such love. She was surrounded by our children, Louise, Jason, Brad, with Scott on FaceTime. Her longtime caregivers lovingly helped make her transition easier on us all.
‘Her earthly limitations no longer hold her down as she is freely running the glorious gardens of Heaven, reunited with so many loved ones. 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.’
The Last Waltz singer continued: ‘Patricia 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.’
Engelbert shared his statement with a picture of him and his wife of 56 years.
The star’s fans shared their condolences and prayers in the comments section.
Patricia, nee Healey, married Engelbert in 1964, and they had four children together.
She had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2007, and her husband had spoken about the difficulty of her living with the disease.
The Please Release Me singer said on Loose Women in 2017: ‘There is anger there. She is missing so much of what I’m doing and enjoying. I feel guilty about it.’
Patricia’s death came days after Engelbert asked for prayers in his wife’s illness.
On January 27, he confirmed that he, Patricia, their son Jason and two caregivers had tested positive for Covid-19, and wrote: ‘Every night we do prayers at 8pm for my wife. Now, I have to FaceTime from my room. Last night my daughter flew in with cases of photographs to reflect upon and keep us strong through our recovery. Our son Scott was on FaceTime prayers, our son Jason is in a separate room but on the 8pm call to God, and our son Brad, who is always here and checking up, is on call with supplies… ready, willing and able to do anything.
‘My biggest “ask” is for my darling wife, Patricia (Popea) She has been through so much and does whatever it takes. She is an unbelievable woman of strength.’
On February 4, the singer, real name Arnold Dorsey, wrote on Facebook: ‘I don’t have the right words, but I know I must speak faith. I have asked so much in the prayer department.
‘I know in my heart I will be fine, but our hearts are breaking and we are needing a miracle for my darling wife. Her Alzheimer’s and the blow from covid have left her in need of all the love she ever gave out to come back to her a million-fold.
‘Our 8pm prayer (West Coast time ) is not just personal, as it goes out to all those who are suffering from the pandemic and other life threatening diseases. Therefore, my friends, I don’t feel selfish in this ask, as we all must pray for one another.’
He added that he felt grateful that he was with Popea at a time when so many others were separated from their loved ones.
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