Singer Engelbert Humperdinck's wife dies of COVID-19 | Daily News

Singer Engelbert Humperdinck's wife dies of COVID-19

Engelbert Humperdinck with his wife of more than 50 years, Patricia, who has died of Covid-19.
Engelbert Humperdinck with his wife of more than 50 years, Patricia, who has died of Covid-19.

Singer Engelbert Humperdinck is mourning his wife of 56 years, Patricia Healey, who died Thursday at age 85 after contracting COVID-19.

Humperdinck, 84, announced in a social media post shared Friday that his family was "heartbroken over the loss of my darling wife," who died the night before, "surrounded by our children, Louise, Jason, Brad, with Scott on FaceTime."

"Her earthly limitations no longer hold her down as she is freely running the glorious gardens of Heaven, reunited with so many loved ones," Humperdinck wrote. "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."

Healey, a British-born actress, had been suffering from Alzheimer’s disease for more than a decade, Humperdinck revealed in 2019. He shared Jan. 26 that he, Healey, their son Jason and two of their caregivers had tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

"Her longtime caregivers lovingly helped make her transition easier on us all," Humperdinck wrote, adding his wife's "battle with Alzheimer’s was brave from the very beginning. She never resisted as we tried to leave no stone unturned."

The couple married in 1964, three years before Humperdinck – born Arnold George Dorsey – first found international popularity with his version of Release Me.

The B-side to that single, Ten Guitars, became a surprise hit in New Zealand and is now considered a national folk song.

Speaking to Stuff in 2019, Humperdinck said he loved playing in New Zealand because Ten Guitars was “like the national anthem”. Humperdinck had a string of further hits throughout the 1960s, 70s and 80s.

- USA TODAY