Lady Melinda Rose Woodward, who was married to the star for 59 years, passed away at the Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles on 10 April (16) after a "short but fierce battle with cancer".

The 75-year-old singer broke his silence on Wednesday (27Apr16) as he shared a post on his official website to thank his fans for all their support in the wake of the death of his wife, known to friends and family as Linda.

Under the heading "A little note from Tom", he wrote: "A heartfelt Thank You to all who sent notes of their sympathy and support to me and my family over the last couple of weeks. So many beautiful and meaningful things were said, and reading these genuine and lovely messages has lifted us all. See you soon."

The message was also shared on Tom's Facebook page, with fans quick to once again offer their sincere condolences to the legendary singer.

Linda had twice battled cancer and developed lung condition emphysema due to a heavy smoking habit.

The musician revealed in an interview with The Sunday Times magazine last year that Linda also suffered from depression, saying, "I’ve realised she’s had a depression since she was young. She’s always had a touch of it."

He also said she was agoraphobic and needed a stairlift to get upstairs.

They had one son, Mark, who was born in 1957. Mark now works as his father's manager.