ENGELBERT Humperdinck has shared his heartbreak as his wife of 56 years has died after contracting coronavirus.
Patricia was 85 when she "slipped away" on Friday night after battling Alzheimer’s and testing positive for coronavirus.
Engelbert, 84, wrote 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 Gods 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 longtime 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 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."
Patricia, nee Healey, married Engelbert in 1964, and they had four children together – Louise, Bradley, Jason and Scott.
She was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2007, and her husband has previously spoken about the difficulty of her living with the disease.
Engelbert said on Loose Women in 2017: "There is anger there. She is missing so much of what I’m doing and enjoying. I feel guilty about it."
Her death came just days after Engelbert asked his fans to pray for his wife’s illness to improve.
The singer, who's real name is Arnold Dorsey, confirmed that he, Patricia his son Jason and two caregivers had tested positive for Covid-19 on January 27.
"Every night we do prayers at 8pm for my wife," he detailed to fans. "Now, I have to FaceTime from my room.
"Last night my daughter flew in with cases of photographs to reflect upon and keep us strong through our recovery.
"Our son Scott was on FaceTime prayers, our son Jason is in a separate room but on the 8pm call to God, and our son Brad, who is always here and checking up, is on call with supplies… ready, willing and able to do anything.
"My biggest 'ask' is for my darling wife, Patricia (Popea) She has been through so much and does whatever it takes. She is an unbelievable woman of strength."
Another update came on February 4, this time saying that they would "need a miracle" for Patricia to recover from the disease.
"Her Alzheimer’s and the blow from covid have left her in need of all the love she ever gave out to come back to her a million-fold," he wrote. "We are needing a miracle for my darling wife."
Fans have been left heartbroken with the news, flooding to social media to share their condolences for the star.
"So deeply sorry for the death of your wife," one moving Facebook reaction began. "My deepest condolences to you and your family.
"I pray that God will give you strength and fulfil your heart with the loving memories that you shared."
A second added: "Can't stop the tears. My sincere condolences Maestro on the passing of your dear and beautiful wife and mother of your children.
"She, like you say, is free now from her illness. Sending you peace and love in this very painful moment."
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