The Loose Women stars have sent their love to Jane McDonald after the death of her partner Eddie Rothe, pausing the show to share their condolences.
Rothe died in March after a battle with lung cancer, with the news being confirmed this week.
Opening the show, Charlene White said: ‘We want to send our condolences to our friend Jane McDonald, who has sadly lost her partner Eddie Rothe to lung cancer.
‘Eddie was part of the Loose Women family for many years and we’re sending Jane and Ed’s family all the love in the world.’
Jane Moore added: ‘It is really, really sad. Jane has been in here as a guest quite a few times since leaving the show and he was always with her, he was always waiting in the wings.
‘He was actually her rock’.
‘We’re just sending her all our love, I think we were all really shocked to see that news,’ Nadia Sawalha added.
The panelists added that they’re sending ‘all the love in the world’ to Jane.
Jane was a panellist on Loose Women from 2004 until 2014.
Jane initially dated Rothe in 1980, before the pair reunited (Picture: Getty)
Rothe’s death was confirmed in a statement on social media, with the post stating he had been fighting the disease for the past few months and that he had been laid to rest on Wednesday morning.
‘It is with immense sadness that we share the news that Jane’s beloved life partner, Ed, passed away on Friday 26th March,’ it read.
Announcement 1/2: It is with immense sadness that we share the news that Janeâ€™s beloved long term 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… pic.twitter.com/yETN3ruHKA
— Jane McDonald (@TheJaneMcDonald) April 7, 2021
‘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.’
Rothe was the former drummer of the 60s band The Searchers.
The pair initially dated in 1980 when Jane was 17 with the couple later reuniting and becoming engaged in 2008.
In November 2019, Jane opened up about her relationship in Good To Know magazine.
‘He is very funny and he makes me laugh every day,’ she told the publication.
‘He also brings me a cup of tea every morning, no matter what.’
Loose Women airs weekdays at 12:30pm on ITV.Credit: Original article published here.