Who was Paddy Bowden?
Paddy Bowden was the estranged wife of Bruce Dickinson, the lead singer of the legendary heavy metal band Iron Maiden. The couple had been married for nearly 30 years and had three children together: Austin, Griffin and Kia. They reportedly split in 2018, after Bruce was diagnosed with throat cancer and had a six-month battle with the disease. Paddy and Bruce had met in the late 1980s, when she was working as a flight attendant and he was a rising rock star. They tied the knot in 1990 and lived in a lavish mansion in Chiswick, West London.
How did Paddy Bowden die?
Paddy Bowden died in a “tragic accident” at her home on Monday, May 18, 2020. The exact cause of her death has not been revealed, but it is believed that she suffered a cardiac arrest. The emergency services were called to the scene at around 9.42am, but they could not save her and pronounced her dead on arrival. Bruce Dickinson confirmed the news in a statement to Express.co.uk, saying: “This is a terrible tragedy which appears to be a tragic accident. Our children Austin, Griffin and Kia and I are devastated. Out of respect for Paddy we won’t be making any further comment at this hugely difficult and painful time for our family.”
How did the fans and the media react?
The news of Paddy Bowden’s death shocked and saddened the fans and the media, who expressed their condolences and tributes on social media platforms such as Twitter. Many praised Paddy for being a supportive and loving wife and mother, and a beautiful and kind person. Some also shared their memories of meeting her at Iron Maiden concerts and events. The media outlets also covered the story extensively, highlighting Paddy’s life and achievements, as well as her relationship with Bruce. Some of the sources that reported on Paddy Bowden’s death were:
- Express.co.uk, which revealed the cause of death and quoted Bruce’s statement
- Loudwire, which gave a brief biography of Paddy and her marriage to Bruce
- Sky News, which reported on the details of the incident and the ambulance service’s response
- iHeart, which described Paddy as a “fitness enthusiast” and mentioned Bruce’s current girlfriend Leana Dolci
- Jenkers News, which tweeted the headline and the link to the Express.co.uk article
What is the legacy of Paddy Bowden?
Paddy Bowden will be remembered as a devoted and caring wife and mother, who stood by Bruce Dickinson through his highs and lows, and who raised three talented and successful children. She will also be remembered as a fan of Iron Maiden and a friend of the band members and the crew. She will be missed by her family, friends and fans, who will cherish her memory and honor her legacy. Paddy Bowden’s death is a tragic loss for the Iron Maiden community and the rock world. Rest in peace, Paddy.