By Mirembe Martina
Wife of American singer, Arlo Guthrie, Jackie Guthrie has passed away at the age of 68 after losing the battle to liver cancer.
Arlo and Jackie have been married for 43 years.
Jackie’s battle with cancer was made public on Arlo’s official website on September 18 and at the time, it was made clear that doctors were doing their best to keep her comfortable.
The couple have children Abe, Cathy, Sara and Annie of whom Abe and Sara are part of the group the Guthrie Family Legacy with their father Arlo.
Arlo posted to his site on Monday about his wife’s death.
This morning Jackie left her body surrounded by her family and a few friends. She called her family to her about 3 this morning to let us know she couldn’t fight any longer. She was at peace with the life and dreams we shared together for almost 45 years. We stayed at her bedside through the morning until about 11:45 when she gently breathed her last breath. She will remain in our hearts and memories as she does for many of you. Thank you for your prayers and notes. With Love, adg
Arlo followed it up the next morning with a message part of which read, “I’ve had to cancel and postpone a few shows coming up. I will make them up as soon as possible. The tour will begin with the gigs scheduled for Canada, and I will move ahead through the rest of whatever happens next. Our wonderful guru, Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati always reminded us to stay in the moment – no thought of the past or future. The moment is all we really have, the rest is fiction. Jackie and I lived that teaching as best we could and I will continue to be present and accounted for.”
Seth Rogovoy, author of “The Essential Klezmer” and “Bob Dylan: Prophet Mystic Poet” said of Jackie’s death, “I had the great privilege of knowing Jackie Guthrie over the years, just casually, but enough to love her and appreciate what a beautiful, smart, wise, funny, warm and caring person she was. She was the quiet, powerful offstage force behind her onstage husband and children, and she sat back and soaked everything in. When you were in her presence for just a few minutes, she made you feel like you were the most important person in the world for that time, and that whatever it was you were doing was the most important work that could be done. She knew a lot more than she let on, and she remembered everything. And she didn’t miss a trick. Hers was a special and unique gift that directly and indirectly touched hundreds and thousands of lives.”
Burial arrangements are yet to be communicated. RIP.