Jane McDonald’s The Searchers star fiancé Eddie Rothe has died after battle with lung cancer

JANE McDonald’s fiancé Eddie Rothe has died after falling ill with lung cancer.

In a statement Jane, 56, thanked the NHS and the hospice which cared for Eddie following his funeral today.

Jane started dating Eddie, 67, a drummer in Sixties band, The Searchers, in 2008 – over twenty years after they were first introduced.

In a statement posted online, Jane said: “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. 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 first met Eddie in 1980 and the pair briefly dated before going their separate ways.

They reunited in 2008 and went on to get engaged.

Jane, who is best known for her Cruising series, said she fell for Eddie because he understood she was “married to the job”.

Speaking about their relationship, Jade 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.”

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