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It was a chance meeting that resulted in a love story that lasted nearly 70 years

It was love at first sight for Engelbert Humperdinck when he met his wife Patricia in 1953

One evening he asked for a dance – then the two of them arranged to meet and have been together ever since

But now Engelbert, who has a home in Great Glen but currently lives in his home in California, has spoken of his heartbreak after Patricia died last night after trying unsuccessfully to fight Covid-19 / p>

In a devastating Facebook post, Engelbert recounted how his wife was “surrounded by our children” and “slipped like clockwork” after contracting the deadly coronavirus in addition to her ongoing battle with Alzheimer’s disease >

The couple’s long-standing relationship began with that meeting one evening in 1953 – and it was love at first sight for the singer looking at the 17-year-old girl, reports The Mirror

“I met her on a dance floor and we’ve been dancing together ever since,” he told Closer magazine in 2020

“The old adage is it’s love at first sight. She was my first real date – when I danced with her that night I asked her out on a date the next day. I said,” I won’t get you get married until I’ve made a name for myself”I want to take care of you” I was nobody and I wanted her to be comfortable “

Patricia was at his side when he fell ill with tuberculosis in 1961 and was hospitalized with the disease

It was this brush with death that persuaded Engelbert to change his name from Arnold George Dorsey, and in 1964 he and Patricia tied the knot

While Engelbert traveled the world selling millions of records, his devoted wife was at home raising their four children – Louise, Jason, Brad and Scott

With the onset of her Alzheimer’s disease in 2007, Engelbert desperately turned to alternative therapies to keep his wife’s memories intact

“I think there is a cure that is being held up for some reason, so I decided to treat it with holistic medicine and acupuncture and produce new stem cells,” he told the publication

“It takes a long time, but it works. She doesn’t talk a lot, but only yesterday I said,” I’m going to remove weeds. “We live on a steep mountain and she said,” No, so I let the gardener do it! I am waiting for a cure for her Many people are praying and I believe that one day she will start talking again “

Over Christmas 2019 Engelbert experienced a “miracle” when Patricia uttered her first word in three years: his name

Unfortunately, it wasn’t long before the coronavirus pandemic hit the globe, and just 12 months later, the Humperdinck family was struck down by Covid-19

“I’ve never seen her grow up very much, and my wife did a great job raising her. She would always threaten a little:” If you keep doing this, I’ll tell your father when he gets home! ” But I wasn’t that strict, “he announced last year

But their marriage was tested by Engelbert’s wandering eye, and he indulged in the excesses of show business when he was not home

“I was just about to grow up and sometimes this business leads you astray,” he told the magazine

“I took the chance to do silly things which of course I regret, but I have a woman I’m totally in love with I’m so glad she stayed with me through thick and thin I want that my life is with her. There were ups and downs, but I would never change it for the world “

In a Facebook video shared just 48 hours before Patrick’s death, her husband asked fans for their prayers after she was unable to eat or drink because of the damage caused by the virus

“Covid has entered our home and it is quite destructive It has reached many members of my family including myself and my beloved wife and of course it has been very heartbreaking because its condition has made it quite impossible for medical staff”, he explained

“Dear friends, please forgive the silence after the incredible answer to our request for prayers,” wrote Englebert hours later on Facebook

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