Arlo Guthrie Confirms Wife Jackie Has Died At 68

Singer Arlo Guthrie, whose folk music songs have been classics for decades, confirmed on Facebook that his wife, Jackie, had died of cancer at the couple’s winter home in Florida.

Arlo Guthrie himself announced the death of wife Jackie, 68, via Facebook to his more than 38,000 fans on the site. In a lengthy post titled “Epilogue,” Guthrie eulogizes Jackie, describes their relationship and explains that while the couple had their share of disagreements, their love for one another always weathered whatever difficulties they shared.

In a portion of the post after his wife’s death, Guthrie says:

“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.”

Arlo Guthrie also poetically dreaming of Jackie’s passing, sharing with fans:

“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.”

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Guthrie adds:

“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.”

The folk singer also notified fans that he would be rescheduling some tour dates following Jackie’s death, but says he will “continue to be present and accounted for.”