Helen and Sir Michael Palin attended the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival.
After 57 years of marriage, Sir Michael Palin has confirmed the passing of his “dearest wife,” Helen Gibbins.
Helen was diagnosed with kidney failure several years ago, and she passed away early on Tuesday morning, according to a statement Sir Michael released on his official website. 80 years old was.
“My dearest wife Helen died peacefully in the early hours of Tuesday morning,” the former Monty Python actor tweeted.
She had endured years of chronic agony, which was made worse a few years earlier when kidney failure was discovered.
We got engaged in our early 20s after initially meeting while on a summer vacation on the Suffolk coast when we were both sixteen years old, he said. We celebrated our 57th wedding anniversary two and a half weeks ago.
The tweet below confirms the news:
‘The bedrock of my life’: Michael Palin announces the death of his wife Helen https://t.co/GVWrwwJjwX
— The Guardian (@guardian) May 2, 2023
“Myself, our three children, and our four grandchildren have suffered an indescribable loss with her passing.”
In 1987, Sir Michael created a fictionalized version of his and Helen’s first encounter for the BBC’s television drama East Of Ipswich.
Helen was the foundation of my life, continued Sir Michael. “Her quietly astute judgment informed all my decisions, and her wit and common sense were the foundation of our shared life.”
After Helen was placed in respite care last year, Sir Michael, who first gained notoriety as a member of the Monty Python comedy group and is now famous for his travel documentaries, said he and his family were “living with our fingers crossed.”
Sir Michael postponed a book tour across the UK to allow for three months of recovery after undergoing surgery in September 2019 to repair a “leaky” heart valve.
He received a knighthood the same year for his contributions to travel, culture, and geography.
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