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Richard E Grant’s wife of 35 years Joan Washington dies

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Richard E Grant announces the death of his 35-year-old wife Joan Washington, 71, as he posts a heartbreaking video of them dancing together

  • The 64-year-old actor posted a heartbreaking video of him and Joan dancing together
  • They were married for 35 years before she passed away last night
  • Richard said, ‘To truly be known and seen by you is your immeasurable gift’










Richard E Grant has announced that his devoted wife Joan has passed away at the age of 71.

Joan, a voice coach, passed away last night, the Withnail and I actor revealed in a heartbreaking tribute.

He posted a poignant video of the couple dancing and laughing together to a song.

Richard wrote: ‘ONLY YOU! Joan – Love of my life and giver of life to our daughter Olivia.

“Our hearts are broken at the loss of your life last night. 35 years married and 38 together.

‘To truly be known and seen by you is your immeasurable gift. Don’t forget us, dear Monkee mine.’

He posted a poignant video of the couple dancing and laughing along to a song

Grant married voice coach Joan Washington in 1986 and has a daughter with her and a stepson

Grant married voice coach Joan Washington in 1986 and has a daughter with her and a stepson

Richard wrote online 'To truly be known and seen by you is your immeasurable gift.  Don't forget us, dear Monkee mine.'

Richard wrote online ‘To truly be known and seen by you is your immeasurable gift. Don’t forget us, dear Monkee mine.’

Grant married voice coach Joan Washington in 1986 and has a daughter, Olivia, and a stepson, Tom.

The actor has previously admitted that he hadn’t considered getting married until he met her.

In an interview with The Independent, he explained: ‘I never really thought about getting married, I didn’t think it was necessary.

“Joan was married and she’d told me she didn’t want to get married again, so we never discussed it.”

It wasn’t until the couple had split up for six weeks when Richard returned to his childhood home in southern Africa for a Christmas vacation that he realized that marriage was the ultimate union.

The star immediately proposed in marriage upon his return and Joan gladly accepted, after which the couple went home together to Richmond, in south-west London.

Richard added: ‘Before I got married, it didn’t matter to me.

“My parents divorced when I was 11 and it made such a profound impression on my life that I think I thought that by not getting married you could avoid cutting your life in half. But that changed.’

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