Adele Springsteen, the influential figure behind Bruce Springsteen’s musical journey, has passed away at the age of 98. The news of her death was shared by Bruce on Instagram, revealing her decade-long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. Adele played a pivotal role not just in shaping her son’s musical aspirations but also in instilling important values.
In Bruce’s Broadway show, “Springsteen on Broadway,” he shared touching stories about his mother, highlighting her crucial role in his early musical endeavors. Adele, who rented Bruce his first guitar at the tender age of 7, laid the foundation for his iconic career. The show featured anecdotes about her love for 1940s swing music, influencing Bruce’s passion for rhythm and dance.
Despite facing the challenges of aging and Alzheimer’s, Adele Springsteen maintained a vibrant spirit. Bruce spoke about her resilience and the enduring joy she found in dancing, even in the face of adversity. Born Adele Zerilli on May 4, 1925, in Brooklyn, she married Douglas Springsteen, and together they raised Bruce and their two daughters, Virginia and Pamela, in Freehold, N.J.
Adele, a legal secretary by profession, played a crucial role in supporting her family, particularly during times when her husband grappled with mental illness and struggled with steady employment. Despite Douglas Springsteen’s passing in 1998, Adele’s unwavering commitment held the family together. Bruce acknowledged her steadfastness in his memoir, “Born To Run,” expressing that she willed their family to stay united through challenges.
Described as the “great energy” behind the scenes by Bruce, Adele’s lively spirit brought stability and consistency to their lives. Even during difficult times, she created a sense of security for the family. Adele Springsteen’s legacy extends beyond being the mother of a rock icon – she was a source of strength, stability, and boundless energy that left a lasting impact on those around her.