We all feel the loss of a loved one differently, but the connecting theme that runs through every period of grief we all suffer is that it’s never easy.
Processing and dealing with the passing of a loved one or dear friend takes time – sometimes, we’re simply never the people we were before we lost them.
Spare a thought, then, for legendary singer Rod Stewart, who yesterday announced the passing of his brother, Bob, just two months after the death of another brother, Don.
Stewart, 77, took to Instagram on November 30 to share the unfortunate news, explaining that Bob had passed away the night before.
The Young Turks singer went on to state his hope that Bob and Don – who passed away just two months ago – were playing football together in the sky.
“I’ve lost two of my best mates in the space of two months. RIP Don and Bob ‘irreplaceable buddies’ Sir Rod Stewart.”
Stewart issued a heartbreaking statement wherein he described the two deaths as having left him without his two best friends. Back in September, Rod uploaded a similar post after his older brother Don’s passing, one that included a photo of a crown on a black background. Don was 94 when he died.
Back in January 2019, Rod attended an event to celebrate his sister, Mary Cady, turning 90. There, he paid tribute to her and the now-late Don, describing them as being invaluable help on his road to success.
He said at the time: “I’ve got to tell you, these guys were instrumental in supporting me, helping me get into music and just being there for me.”
All told Rod had four siblings growing up, though only Mary is still alive now after recent Bob’s death. In his book, “Rod: The Autobiography“, Stewart shared how his other sister, Peggy, had been “taken too soon”.
As for his relationship with his sister and brothers, the Scottish-born star said: “These guys have just been [expletive] brilliant throughout my life.”
The 78-year-old Rod Stewart is still touring and will soon travel to Florida to perform. He has always praised his brothers for supporting him – so 2023 will be a challenging year for Rod.
“I’ve got to tell you, these guys were instrumental in supporting me, helping me get into music, and just being there for me,” he told The Sun in 2019 and added:
“Whether it was football or washing my dirty underpants, I can’t speak highly enough about these guys.”
In his post on Instagram to announce Bob’s passing, Rod wrote: “It’s with great sadness that I announce the loss of my brother Bob last night, who joins my brother Don on the great football pitch in the sky.
“I’ve lost two of my best mates in the space of two months. RIP Don and Bob ‘irreplaceable buddies’”
As per the Daily Record, Rod is currently on tour in his native Scotland. He is set to return to Glasgow on Saturday, December 3.
My heart goes out to Rod Stewart at this most difficult time. Losing a family member is always heartbreaking, always immeasurably painful, but to lose two in the space of such a short time … leaves me without words.
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