Sir Tom Jones broke the news to fans on Monday that his wife of 59 years, Lady Melinda Rose Woodward, died on Sunday morning after "a short but fierce battle with cancer."
"Surrounded by her husband and loved ones, she passed away peacefully at Cedars Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles," a statement on the 75-year-old singer's Facebook read. "Sir Tom and his family have asked for privacy at this difficult time and no further information is currently available."
Woodward and Jones first met when they were only 12 years old and living in a village in Wales. Jones told theĀ BBC in an interview last October that when he was suffering from tuberculosis as a child, he would watch Woodward pass his window with friends. "I was in love with her when I had TB when I was 12," he said. "And I would be thinking, 'Oh my god, let's get this TB over with so I can hold her.'"
Jones and Woodward married in 1957 when they were just 16, and moved to Los Angeles, California.
"We love one another," he said. "I think love conquers all and it's the truth."