The sad news was announced via the Welsh singer's website

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Very sad news for Sir Tom Jones as it is announced that his wife of 59 years has passed away, following a short battle with cancer.

Lady Melinda Rose Woodward died surrounded by her family at Cedars Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles on Sunday morning, a spokesperson confirmed.

A statement released soon afterwards on his website read: ‘Surrounded by her husband and loved ones, she passed away peacefully at Cedars Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles.

‘Sir Tom and his family have asked for privacy at this difficult time and no further information is currently available.’

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This news comes mere days after Sir Tom, 75, decided to cancel at least six April dates of his Asian tour due to ‘serious illness in his immediate family’.

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Sir Tom Jones’ announcement on April 3rd, 2016

Sir Tom and his wife, often known as ‘Linda’, married in 1957 when they were both 16 years old and expecting their first and only child together, son Mark Woodward.

Their relationship weathered its fair share of obstacles, with the Delilah and Sex Bomb singer engaging in well-publicised infidelities over the years; once, he claimed to have slept with at least 250 female fans a year during the height of his musical popularity.

Despite this, they remained married and in love, with Sir Tom referring to Linda as ‘the love of my life’ on multiple occasions.

All at Now sends our deepest condolences to Sir Tom and the family.