Actor Richard E. Grant has shared some heartbreaking details surrounding the recent death of his wife, Joan Washington.In an emotional essay written for the Daily Mail UK, the Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard star revealed his wife of 35 years died nine month…
Actor Richard E. Grant has shared some heartbreaking details surrounding the recent death of his wife, Joan Washington.
In an emotional essay written for the Daily Mail UK, the Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard star revealed his wife of 35 years died nine months after she was diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer. Even more heartbreaking, she was told of the diagnosis just two days before Christmas 2020.
"Since her stage four lung cancer diagnosis two days before Christmas, she was accepting, clear-sighted, sanguine and totally without self-pity," 64-year-old Grant wrote on his wife and the mother of his daughter, Olivia, 32.
"It's been my privilege to be by your side, sharing our last eight months together, enabling us to say everything we possibly wanted and needed to, so that when you asked Olivia and me two weeks ago 'to let me go', we unequivocally said 'yes'.
"Olivia and I are profoundly grateful for everything that you've gifted us with, and we're relieved that you no longer have to struggle for breath."
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The actor went on to say his love for Washington was "immeasurable", while calling her loss "incalculable".
"It's an extraordinary phenomenon to be truly 'seen' and 'known' by another human, and in Joan, I found someone who innately did both," he wrote. "The depth of our grief is mirrored by the magnitude of our love. Goodbye Monkee-mine. Do not forget us."
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Washington died on September 2 aged 71. It was Grant who shared the sad news on Twitter.
"🎵ONLY YOU!🎵Joan — Love of my Life & Giver of Life to our daughter Olivia. Our hearts are broken with the loss of your Life last night," he tweeted. "35 years married & 38 together. To be truly known and seen by you, is your immeasurable gift. Do not forget us, sweet Monkee-mine."
Prior to her death, Washington was a well-known vocal coach in Hollywood, working with the likes of Barbra Streisand, Emma Stone and Jessica Chastain. Along with Grant and their daughter Olivia, Washington is also survived by her son Tom from a previous relationship.
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