Engelbert Humperdinck's wife, actress Patricia Healy, has died. She was 85 years old.
The 84-year-old singer shared the news of his wife's death in a Facebook post on Friday, just two days after reporting that the couple had been diagnosed with COVID-19 while Healy was also battling Alzheimer's.
“Our family is heartbroken over the loss of my beloved wife,” Humperdinck wrote. “Last night she slipped away quietly, as if by God's clockwork. The last ceremony was performed shortly before our usual prayers at 8:00 pm by our nephew, Father Paul."
Humperdinck also said that Healy was surrounded by the couple's children, Louise, Jason and Brad, while their son Scott was on FaceTime when she died.
“Her guardians lovingly helped us all ease her final period before her death,” Humperdinck wrote. “Her earthly limitations no longer hold her back as she freely rules the glorious heavenly gardens, reunited with many loved ones. We prayed with the whole family, blessed her with water from Lourdes, and she left … entered the hands of Jesus with the help of generous hearts filled with prayers from all over the world."
The singer-songwriter for the single "Release Me" said his wife's fight against Alzheimer's "was brave from the start." She never resisted as we tried not to leave a stone unturned from this ailment ", adding:" We love you without words, forever and always. Goodnight babe".
On Wednesday, in an intimate video, Humperdinck asked his Instagram followers to pray, saying that he and Healy's COVID-19 diagnosis "made it nearly impossible" for the actress to see medical professionals as she battles Alzheimer's.
“Consequently, it hit her hard and she does not eat or drink,” he shared then. "By connecting all your prayers, God will send the right message, and the right angels, and the right people."
In the caption to the photo, the singer who performed the hit "The Last Waltz" wrote that he and his family "need a miracle for their beloved wife."
Humperdinck first spoke about his and Healy's diagnosis of COVID-19 at the end of January, tweeting: "After almost a year of abundance of caution and maximum safety measures, the coronavirus caught up with us and found its way into our home …"