Sir Tom Jones’ wife of 59 years, has passed away after a “short but fierce” cancer battle.

The Sun reports that his beloved wife, LADY Melinda Rose Woodward, passed away on Sunday morning surrounded by her husband and loved ones at Cedars Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles.

In an autobiography released last year, Sir Tom revealed Melinda, better known as Linda, was a heavy smoker who developed emphysema and had two cancer scares.

He married Woodward in 1957 and the pair, who have a son Mark, remained together for nearly six decades.

Their marriage last through the years as his loyal childhood sweetheart remained with her famous husband despite well-documented infidelities

Sir Tom once described his marriage as “rock solid” despite his affairs, saying “all the rest was fun and games”.

A family friend from Wales said: “Tom always doted on Linda regardless of the rumours. She was the rock of his life and he will be lost without her.

“His career has survived a lot of ups and downs but this will hit him very hard.”

Our thoughts are with Tom and his family and friends.

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  • Very sad news to lose the love of your life,thoughts go out to Tom and family.


  • So sad to hear. RIP Melinda.
    Hopefully your husband and son will be able to console each other, but you will be sorely missed by both of them


  • I was sad to hear this, not long after seeing him in concert. So sad that he felt the need to have ‘fun and games’ with other women during his marriage. Lucky for him his wife stuck by him regardless. RIP


  • Hopefully Tom and Mark can console each other. I hope their friends don’t forget they will need support for several months or more that just a few weeks then forget about them


  • so sad for Tom, and their family – may she rest in peace.


  • Their marriage must have been very strong to withstand the infidelities. My condolences to the family.


  • RIP lady Melinda. My thoughts are with sir Tom jones


  • My thoughts and prayers for the family.


  • That is very sad. My condolences.


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