Shirley Boone, the philanthropist who was famously married to 1950's legendary singer Pat Boone for 65 years, has died. She was 84.
Pat Boone’s manager confirmed the late philanthropist's death in a statement to PEOPLE. The manager told the publication that they shared "a wonderful, blessed life together for 65 years," adding that he knew he’d one day be reunited with his beloved.
Shirley passed away peacefully on Friday, January 11, at the couple's home in Beverly Hills. She was surrounded by her family; husband Pat and their four daughters, Cherry, Lindy, Debby and Laury, who sang hymns to Shirley in her final moment.
As for the cause of death, Shirley passed away after suffering complications from vasculitis. She had contracted with the disease less than a year ago.
Pat also released a statement to PEOPLE in which he spoke out about his high school sweetheart.
He told the outlet,
We lived a wonderful, blessed life together for 65 years. 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.
Pat and Shirley, who began their love story at 16, eloped in November 1953 and then settled in Teanpaireck, New Jersey. There they welcomed their four daughters in five years.
The couple eventually moved to Beverly Hills, where they resided for more than 50 years.
In addition to her husband and daughters, Shirley is also survived by her 16 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Rest In Peace Shirley Boone!
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