Rock star's wife and manager passes away of pancreatic cancer on 23rd anniversary of husband's death

Barbara Orbison, the widow and manager of Roy Orbison, has passed away of pancreatic cancer aged 60.

Orbison, who has managed the affairs and estate of her husband since he passed away in 1988, died on in Los Angles on the 23rd anniversary of his death (December 6).

Roy Orbison died of a heart attack on the same date in 1988. Since then, his widow – who was also the head off the publishing company Still Working Music – has looked after his estate. In 2008, she and her son Rory Kelton Orbison Jr released ‘The Soul Of Rock And Roll’, a CD boxset that included 107 of his recordings, and in 2010 accepted a star on his behalf at the Hollywood Walk Of Fame.

She also produced ‘Roy: A Tribute To Roy Orbison’, a tribute album dedicated to her husband’s memory by Damien Leith, in April of this year.

Her friend Lisa Swayze – the widow of Hollywood actor Patrick Swayze – said: “Patrick and I always had a warm connection with them both. Now we have lost this wonderful lady.”

A spokeswoman said that Barbara Orbison will be buried next to her husband at Westwood Memorial Park in Los Angeles.