Engelbert Humperdinck, 84, reveals he’s tested positive for Covid-19 as he asks fans to send ‘good energy’ to him and wife Patricia who has Alzheimer’s
- The singer, 84, who lives in LA, announced he had tested positive on Tuesday
- He asked fans to send ‘prayers, good energy and love’ in a series of tweets
- Engelbert said his biggest ‘ask’ was for fans to think of his ‘darling’ wife Patricia
- Patricia, 85, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease more than 10 years ago
Engelbert Humperdinck has revealed that he’s tested positive for coronavirus.
The star, 84, who is at his home in Los Angeles, asked fans to send ‘prayers, good energy and love’ after revealing his condition on Tuesday.
Announcing the news on Twitter, the Release Me singer said his biggest ‘ask’ was for fans to think of his ‘darling’ wife Patricia, who has Alzheimer’s.
Positive: Engelbert Humperdinck, 84, has revealed that he’s tested positive for coronavirus
Speaking on Wednesday, Engelbert agent said he’s currently asymptomatic.
Engelbert explained how the positive tests came after ‘nearly a year of an abundance of caution and care’.
In a series of tweets on Tuesday, he said: ‘Now we must not let a positive result bring a negative mindset but I must say I could use your help in this department.
‘We are asking for prayers, good energy, love and support to be sent our way.’
Devoted: The singer said his biggest ‘ask’ was for fans to think of his ‘darling’ wife Patricia, who has Alzheimer’s, as they sent ‘prayers, good energy, love and support’ the family’s way (seen together in 2010)
He said his daughter had brought ‘cases of photographs to reflect upon and keep us strong through our recovery’.
He added: ‘My biggest ‘ask’ is for my darling wife, Patricia (Popea).
‘She has been through so much and does whatever it takes. She is an unbelievable woman of strength. Please also keep our wonderful caregivers in your prayers.’
More than ten years ago, Patricia was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and now has 24-hour care at their family home in Bel Air, California.
The couple have been together for more than 60 years and have four children – Louise, Brad, Jason and Scott.
‘Send prayers, good energy, love and support’: Engelbert announced his positive Covid-19 test on Twitter and asked fans to particularly think of his wife Patricia, who has Alzheimer’s
In 2019 Engelbert revealed his joy after his wife said his name for the first time in three years.
Speaking to The Mirror, the singer gushed about it being a ‘Christmas miracle’ that his wife had referred to him by name again.
Discussing her ‘slowly progressing’ illness, he explained that it is ‘a very difficult disease to cure’, but she had begun to talk ‘a little bit’ in recent days.
He revealed: ‘She hasn’t spoken for three years, she even called my name three days ago which is wonderful to hear. It’s the best Christmas miracle ever. I’m thrilled.’
And speaking to Weekend magazine the month before, he said of his wife: ‘She’s doing OK considering that she’s had it for the past ten years.
Throwback: Engelbert has often spoken about Patricia’s Alzheimer’s since she was diagnosed with the condition more than a decade ago (pictured in 1991)
‘In fact, she still knows me and knows everybody. Our son Scott came over from Australia a couple of days ago and she called him by his name.
‘That’s totally unheard of because after ten years [of Alzheimer’s], nobody can say people’s names like that.’
Engelbert continued: ‘When Scott went back to Australia, she cried, so she knows who he is.
‘But we’re doing everything we can to help her. I have acupuncturists see her, as well as my regular doctor, who’s wonderful.
‘I also have people from the holistic world and I’ve taken her to see healers. I want her to see everybody because I think it’s important to investigate every avenue.’
Performer: Engelbert represented the UK at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2012 with the song Love Will Set You Free, finishing second last (pictured in the contest’s final in Baku Azerbaijan)
Although there is no cure as yet for the disease, Engelbert remains touchingly and firmly convinced that his wife’s health will improve.
‘She’ll be back. I know she will,’ he insisted to the publication.
Engelbert topped the UK singles chart with his hits Release Me and The Last Waltz in the 1960s.
He also represented the UK at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2012 with the song Love Will Set You Free, finishing second last.
A number of stars including TV presenter Sharon Osbourne and actors Tom Hanks, Idris Elba and Bryan Cranston have previously shared their experiences of contracting coronavirus.
Musical sensation: Engelbert topped the UK singles chart with his hits Release Me and The Last Waltz in the 1960s (pictured in 1981)
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