23/06/2016 14:44 BST

Tom Jones Describes Heartbreaking Moment He Discovered Wife Linda Was Terminally Ill

The Welsh superstar lost his wife Linda in April.

Tom Jones has revealed his “heart stopped” when he discovered he was about to lose his wife of six decades.

The pop legend has described the heartbreaking moment when was told Linda had just a week to live following her diagnosis of cancer.

He explained how he immediately cancelled the Asian leg of his tour to be at the side of Linda, who was based for most of her adult life in their Los Angeles home.

Sir Tom remembers: “We knew each other since we were kids. It was fast, she had cancer. I got the call that it was terminal, my heart stopped. I flew back to Los Angeles, and she had a week left.” 

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Tom Jones made his first appearance following his wife's death at the Hay Festival earlier this month

Linda died in April, when Tom paid loving tribute to the woman who knew him as a schoolboy, married him when they were only 16 and stood by him, as he became a worldwide star and  despite his catalogue of affairs throughout their 59 years together.

Sir Tom is now pressing on with his musical commitments, explaining that his performances give him strength, and “Linda wanted me to keep singing, she said not to stop. She was a strong woman.”

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