Engelbert Humperdinck has been entertaining crowds with his incredible singing voice for years, but he couldn’t have done it all without his late wife, Patricia Healey, by his side. The “Spanish Eyes” performer lived a life of wedded bliss with his spouse for over five decades.
Tragically, Patricia died at age 85 in February 2021. Engelbert announced the news in an emotional post on Facebook. “Our family is heartbroken over the loss of my darling wife,” he penned alongside a photo of the two, noting Patricia died after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. “She never resisted as we tried to leave no stone unturned. We love you beyond words, forever and always. Goodnight, my baby.”
The U.K. native is devastated over his longtime love’s death, but Engelbert is finding solace in all the beautiful memories they shared together. The couple first met when they crossed paths while enjoying a night out in 1953. “When she was 17 years old, I asked her to dance,” he exclusively recalled to Closer Weekly in September 2020.
While looking back at the beginning of their romance, Engelbert said there was no doubt it was “love at first sight” between him and Patricia. “She was my first real date — when I danced with her that night, I asked her for a date the next day,” he shared. “I said, ‘I won’t marry you until I make a name for myself. I want to take care of you.’ I was a nobody and wanted to keep her comfortable.”
The “Release Me” crooner and Patricia tied the knot in 1964, and less than three years later, he shot to fame with his hit songs “Release Me” and “The Last Waltz.” Both tunes topped the U.K. music charts in 1967, as well as sold more than a million copies each.
Throughout the early years of their marriage, Engelbert and Patricia experienced many exciting phases. Together, they became the proud parents of their four kids, Jason Dorsey, Scott Dorsey, Louise Dorsey and Bradley Dorsey.
Like other marriages, however, Engelbert and Patricia dealt with their fair share of challenges. According to the “Love Me With All Your Heart,” he had multiple affairs and flings throughout their relationship. Fortunately, their love persevered, and the Moment of Decision actress made the decision to stay married to her husband.
“I’m so glad she stayed with me through thick and thin,” he gushed to Closer. “I want my life to be with her. There have been ups and downs, but I would never change it for the world.”
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