Sir Tom Jones Blames Himself For Losing His Wife To Cancer: "Should I Have Woken Up Before?"

January 8, 2019 15:39

Sir Tom Jones was married to his wife, Linda, for almost 60 years. They would have celebrated their sixtieth wedding anniversary in March 2017, but sadly, it wasn’t meant to be.


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Linda succumbed to lung cancer on April 10, 2016, shortly after she was diagnosed. Sir Tom still can’t get over losing the love of his life and he thinks he’s to blame, at least in part, for losing her too soon.

Sir Tom keeps beating himself up over his wife’s death

Lady Linda has been gone for almost two years, and Sir Tom keeps thinking about the things he could have done differently.


The singer was on tour in the Far East when he got the news that his wife’s cancer was terminal, and she didn’t have much time left. He immediately flew back to LA and spent Linda’s last week by her side.

In his latest interview with Daily Mail, the singer revealed that his and his late wife’s favorite song, Bob Dylan’s What Good Am I?, got him thinking about what he could have done to help her:

I was reading into the lyrics thinking, 'Jesus Christ, was I partly to blame? Should I have woken up before?' I thought, 'What could I have done'?

I couldn’t really have done anything because by the time we found out it was too late, so there’s not a lot you can do. But then you start to think, 'What if I had forced her to go to the doctors'? Because she didn’t go. You think, 'S***, maybe I should have said she had to'.

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Signs and symptoms of lung cancer

Lung cancer usually doesn’t produce clear signs and symptoms until it has advanced. When signs and symptoms appear, they may include the following, according to the American Cancer Society:

  • persistent cough;
  • coughing up blood or blood-tinged sputum;
  • chest pain, which tends to be worse with deep breathing, coughing, or laughing;
  • hoarseness;
  • wheezing;
  • decreased appetite and weight loss;
  • shortness of breath;
  • persistent tiredness and weakness;
  • persistent infections, such as bronchitis or pneumonia.

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If you or your loved one has all or some of these symptoms, see a doctor as soon as possible. It may be a benign condition, not cancer, but it likely requires treatment anyway, so don't hesitate and schedule an appointment.

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