UPDATED: Arlo Guthrie Resumes Tour He Postponed After Wife’s Death
Arlo Guthrie has resumed the tour he postponed after his wife, Jackie Guthrie, 68, died of cancer at the couple’s Florida home last month, the legendary folk singer announced.
In addition, Guthrie and his family sent a heartfelt Thanksgiving message to their fans all over the world via his website: “To all our friends out there all over the USA and all over the world – We are thankful for this moment, this day and for the memories we’ve shared. Our hope is for the future that we actually get somewhere farther down the road to a more peaceful world. We are thankful for all those who make the effort toward that end. A little more justice, a little more food and clothing where needed, and a little less judgement and suspicion toward our neighbors would be so welcome in this troubled world of ours. There is enough sorrow in this world even in the best of times without having to add to it…
Much Love from our entire Guthrie Clan to all of you reading this today…
Guthrie said his wife called her family to her bedside about 3 a.m. Oct. 14 and told them she “couldn’t fight any longer. She was at peace with the life and dreams we shared together for almost 45 years.”
Jackie Guthrie died about 11:45 a.m.that day.
The couple recently celebrated their 43rd wedding anniversary, according to multiple news sources.
A California native, Jackie Guthrie met the legendary folk singer in 1968 while working at The Troubadour in Hollywood, Calif.
She is survived by five children and 10 grandchildren.
Guthrie’s tour schedule has been postponed.
Arlo Guthrie posted a poignant message about Jackie’s death soon after her passing:
The sun rose on my world this morning. Jackie stayed with us throughout the night, lingering in our hearts just out of sight but clearly present. She woke me before sunrise in a dream saying that the hour had come when she would need to leave us and be gone before the sun arose.
As her words awakened me I walked outside and stood looking over the river talking with her in the predawn twilight we both loved so much. It was our time and for years she brought me coffee as I took photographs of morning on the river.
There are loves, and there are LOVES. Ours was and will continue to be what it has always been – A very great love. We didn’t always like each other. From time to time there were moments when we’d have our bags packed by the door. But, there was this great love that we shared from the moment we met – a recognition – It’s YOU! And we would always return to it year after year, decade after decade and I believe life after lifetime.
I can hear the household awakening now as I ramble through my thoughts and feelings. I am needed elsewhere. So a new day begins, another chapter in the book of our love. It seems to me already written although I can’t remember what happens next. All I know is, I’ve read it before and it ends well.