Jane McDonald’s partner Eddie Rothe has died after battling lung cancer “for the last few months”. The sad news was confirmed in a statement on social media.
It read: “It is with immense sadness that we share the news that Jane’s beloved life partner, Ed, passed away on Friday 26th March.
“He had been battling lung cancer for the last few months.”
Jane’s statement then took the opportunity to thank the NHS and the hospice which cared for Eddie before sharing that his funeral took place today.
“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 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.”
Jane started dating Eddie, 67, who was a drummer in The Searchers, in 2008 – which occurred over twenty years after they were first introduced.
Jane first met Eddie in 1980 and they struck up a romance before deciding to split.
The couple then reunited in 2008 and went on to get engaged.
Jane, who is best known for her Cruising series on Channel 5, previously opened up on her relationship with Eddie and revealed how their romance had remained so strong.
The presenter and singer explained Eddie understood that she was “married to the job” and how important her career was to her.
She 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.”