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Roy Orbison’s Widow Dies Of Pancreatic Cancer

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FILE – In this April 1, 1969 file photo, American pop singer Roy Orbison poses with his then 18-year-old wife Barbara to the media in London. Barbara Orbison died Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011 in Los Angeles. She was 60. (AP Photo/Bob Dear, File)
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FILE - In this April 1, 1969 file photo, American pop singer Roy Orbison poses with his then 18-year-old wife Barbara. (AP Photo/Bob Dear, File)

Famous musician, Roy Orbison’s, widow Barbara, died this week.

Orbison died Tuesday on the 23rd anniversary of Roy’s death. She died at 60 years old.

According to the Associated Press, Orbison died from pancreatic cancer at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center surrounded by her sons, said publicist and family spokeswoman Sarah McMullen.

Orbison’s health has deteriorated in recent months, leading to her ultimate death this week.

According to royorbison.com,Barbara was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer just days before Roy Orbison’s landmark 75th birthday  (April 23). Barbara was reportedly diagnosed with the disease on April 20 at the Mayo Clinic.

In May, she was reportedly was admitted to USC Medical Center, where she underwent a Whipple surgical procedure. Following her surgery and chemotherapy, according to royorbison.com, Barbara was optimistic about her recovery.

Faced complications from the cancer, Barbara was re-admitted to USC Medical Center in November and succumbed to the disease Tuesday.

She’s survived by her three sons with Roy, Wesley, Roy and Alexander.

The Associated Press is reporting that Orbison will be buried next to her husband at Westwood Village Memorial Park in Los Angeles.

According to Radar Online, family friend and widow of Patrick Swayze, Lisa, said she always had a “warm connection with them both” and that “Now we have lost this wonderful lady.” Lisa lost her husband to pancreatic cancer in September 2009.

Roy Orbison, who wed Barbara in 1968, died in 1988 at 52 years old. He was most notable for his hits, “Only the Lonely,” and “Oh, Pretty Woman.”

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