Monday, January 08, 2007Joel Roux-Neville: Wife of singing legend Aaron Neville dies after battle with cancer
Wife of singing legend Aaron Neville dies after battle with cancer
Jan 5, 2007 09:44 PM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Joel (joh-EL') Roux-Neville, the wife of R&B singing legend Aaron Neville, died today at her home south of Nashville.
She was 66. Roux-Neville was first diagnosed with lung cancer in 2004 and at that time was given three months to live.
She died surrounded by family members.
The high school sweethearts would have celebrated their 48th wedding anniversary on Wednesday.
Aaron Neville issued this statement: "Joel was the love of my life and she had a tremendous courage and spirit. I'm sure God will reward her for her loyalty, good heart and sense of family."
While she never performed with her husband's family, she was a fixture in the New Orleans music scene for decades.
Aaron Neville had returned home shortly before Christmas to be with his wife following a nationwide concert tour.
The couple moved to the Nashville area in 2005 shortly after Hurricane Katrina devastated their hometown of New Orleans.
(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
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