Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson issues statement after death of estranged wife Paddy Bowden

“This is a terrible tragedy which appears to be a tragic accident"

Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson has issued a statement after the death of his estranged wife Paddy Bowden.

The mother-of-three’s body was discovered this morning (May 18) at the pair’s marital home in Chiswick, West London.

Speaking to The Independent, Dickinson said in a statement: “This is a terrible tragedy which appears to be a tragic accident. Our children Austin, Griffin and Kia and I are devastated.”

He added: “Out of respect for Paddy we won’t be making any further comment at this hugely difficult and painful time for our family.”

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Bruce Dickinson: “This is a terrible tragedy which appears to be a tragic accident.” CREDIT: Neil Lupin/Redferns

London Ambulance Service confirmed that they were called to the address in Barrogate Road at 9.42am after reports of someone feeling “unwell.”

“We sent two ambulance crews to the scene – the first one arriving within two minutes,” a spokesperson said. “Sadly, the patient had already died.”

Dickinson and Bowden, who was the Iron Maiden frontman’s second wife, split in 2019 after 29 years of marriage.

Earlier this month, Iron Maiden said they were hoping to reschedule their Australian tour, cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, to the first half of 2022.

The Australian leg of their global Legacy of the Beast tour was scheduled to kick off earlier this month. After initially postponing the dates, the metal legends announced they had cancelled the tour altogether, citing “current restrictions surrounding live events worldwide.”

In a new statement on the band’s website, co-manager Rob Smallwood confirmed Iron Maiden would not be performing any shows until June 2021.