The wife of music icon Pat Boone has died at the age of 84.
Shirley Boone — who was married to the famed vocalist and actor for nearly 65 years — died early Friday, her husband told People magazine.
She had been diagnosed vasculitis, a condition characterized by the inflammation of one’s blood vessels, under a year ago.
“We lived a wonderful, blessed life together for 65 years,” Boone, 84, told the magazine. “I’ve parted with my better half for a little while… but we don’t die, we just move on to another place, and today was moving day. She’s changed her address is all and moved to a different mansion that I expect to join her in one day.”
Shirley and the “Love Letters In The Sand” artist — who rose to fame in the 1950s — married in 1953, when they were both 19.
She came from a country music family, as her father Red Foley is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, and her mother Judy Martin was also a prominent singer within the genre.