Jane McDonald has announced her partner Ed Rothe has died after a battle with lung cancer.

The 58 year old took to her official Twitter page to inform her 164,300 followers about the tragic news as she shared a photo of herself and Ed smiling for the camera.

In the caption, she wrote: “It is with immense sadness that we share the news that Jane’s beloved life 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 during this very difficult time, especially the NHS staff and the wonderful team at The Wakefield Hospice.

The star added: “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.”

By editor2