Sir Tom Jones' Wife of 59 Years, Melinda Rose Woodward, Dies After Cancer Battle

04/11/2016 AT 08:50 AM EDT



Lady Melinda Rose Woodward, the wife of Grammy-winning U.K. singer Sir Tom Jones, has died after a battle with cancer. She was 75.

Woodward, who was married to Jones for 59 years, died Sunday morning at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles, "surrounded by her husband and loved ones," according to a statement on Jones' personal website.

Jones, the star behind hits like 1965's "It's Not Unusual," and Woodward met at age 12 in their Wales hometown, reported the BBC. They were married in 1957 at age 16.

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Tom Jones and Melinda Woodward in 1967

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Despite public relationship struggles, including numerous high-profile infidelities, according to the Guardian, the couple stayed together for nearly six decades. They had one son, Mark, who is Jones' manager.

Just a few weeks prior to Woodward's death, Jones canceled a performance in Manila, writing on Twitter that the decision was "due to a serious illness in the family."



He later canceled six more performances, citing the same serious illness.
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