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Loose Women's Jane McDonald announces partner has died in heartbreaking post

The sad news was announced on Jane's Twitter page today

The partner of Loose Women star Jane McDonald has passed away after a battle with lung cancer.

Ed Rothe, a drummer in Sixties band, The Searchers, had been in hospital for months before his death on March 26, aged 67.

The sad news was announced on Jane's Twitter page today.

A picture of Jane and Ed accompanied a post which read: "Announcement 1/2: It is with immense sadness that we share the news that Jane’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..."

Another message sent from the account thanked the team at Wakefield Hospital where Ed had been cared for

It read: "Announcement 2/2: ...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."

Fans of the musical star were quick to offer their condolences.

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One said: "So very sorry, so soon after your beloved mum. No words will heal your pain right now. Take comfort from the wonderful and happy memories, and the love that surrounds you always. X"

A second wrote: "Oh what awful news . My heart goes out to you jane . You always spoke about him on your tours and shows with such love . Sending special thoughts your way."

A third added: OMG Jane this is heartbreaking to read sending love and condolences to you all at this very sad time our thoughts are with you may Ed rest in peace xx"

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