Tom Jones' wife Linda dies after battle with cancer

Tom and Linda pictured together in 1970
Tom and Linda pictured together in 1970

Tom Jones's wife of 59 years, Melinda Rose Woodward, has died after a "short but fierce" battle with cancer.

She died on Sunday, surrounded by her husband and loved ones, a statement said.

The statement from Live Nation continued: "Sir Tom and his family have asked for privacy at this difficult time and no further information is currently available."

Known as Linda, she died at the Cedars-Sinai hospital in Los Angeles.

Tom, 75, recently cancelled a number of his tour dates in Japan, Thailand, South Korea and the United Arab Emirates.

A statement said it was due to "serious illness in his immediate family".

"He extends his deepest apologies to both the organisers and the fans, who he is most sad to disappoint," it continued.

The former Voice coach and Lady Linda, as she was nicknamed, had been married since 1957, and have one son, Mark.