The wife of singer Engelbert Humperdinck, who contracted Covid-19, has died.
The 84-year-old star has said he is heartbroken by the loss of his beloved wife Patricia who died last night.
Engelbert – who just days ago asked for his fans to pray for his wife in her battle with both Alzheimer’s and Covid-19 – posted a touching tribute on social media to his wife.
He posted 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 God’s 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 long-time 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.
“Patricia’s 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, who has a home in Great Glen but is currently staying at his home in California, had released a video appealing for fans’ prayers for his wife.
He revealed on the video that many of his family members, including himself, had been infected with coronavirus.
Patricia, who Engelbert has been married to since 1964, has been suffering with Alzheimer’s since about 2007.