Jane McDonald announced the death of her life partner Eddie Rothe at age 67.

In a statement uploaded to her Instagram, she wrote: “It is with immense sadness that we share the news that Jane’s beloved long term partner, Ed, passed away on Friday 26th March. He had been battling lung cancer for the last few months.”

Jane and Eddie originally met as teenagers but reunited almost 30 years later and got engaged in 2008.

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Eddie Rothe passes away aged 67

Jane McDonald shared the news of Eddie’s Rothe’s death on her Instagram page. The statement said:

“It is with immense sadness that we share the news that Jane’s beloved long term partner, Ed, passed away on Friday 26th March. He had been battling lung cancer for the last few months.”

They continued on to thank the NHS and the hospice team, as well as informing fans that the funeral has already taken place:

“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.”

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Did Eddie Rothe have children?

Eddie and Jane do not have children. They first met as teenagers in a Wakefield nightclub, where she waitressed and he was playing the drums in Liquid Gold.

The two of them broke up but later rekindled their relationship almost 30 years later after they met again on the set of This Morning.

In 2008 Eddie and Jane got engaged. Writing about their engagement in her 2019 autobiography, Jane said:

“Suddenly, Ed cleared his throat and put his hand in his pocket. ‘Jane, you are definitely the one for me, and I should have done this 26 years ago,’ he said. ‘Will you marry me?'”

“I was so overwhelmed that I started crying. Then Ed started crying! People around us were mortified – thinking we’d split up.”

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