Adele Springsteen, the mother of renowned rock star Bruce Springsteen, passed away at the age of 98 on Wednesday. Bruce announced her death via an Instagram post on Thursday, sharing that she had been battling Alzheimer’s disease for over ten years.
Adele played a significant role in Bruce’s musical journey, having rented him his first guitar at the tender age of 7. Bruce often spoke fondly of his mother’s influence on him, particularly during his Broadway show, “Springsteen on Broadway,” in 2021. He recounted how her love for 1940s swing music ignited his passion for music.
Despite grappling with Alzheimer’s for a decade, Adele maintained her lively spirit. Bruce recounted her unwavering love for dancing, even amidst her illness. Despite being unable to speak or stand, seeing Bruce would always bring a smile to her face.
Born Adele Zerilli on May 4, 1925, in Brooklyn, Adele married Douglas Springsteen and raised her family in Freehold, New Jersey. She worked as a legal secretary while supporting her family, including her husband, who struggled with mental illness and passed away in 1998.
Adele’s vibrant presence and resilience were the pillars of her family’s stability. Bruce credited her with providing a sense of security during challenging times, ensuring their family remained united.
In remembrance of his mother, Bruce shared a touching video of her dancing to Glenn Miller’s “In the Mood,” accompanied by a lyric from his 1998 song, “The Wish.” The post celebrated Adele’s enduring spirit and their shared love for music.
Adele Springsteen’s legacy continues to live on in the hearts of her family and fans, serving as a testament to her strength, resilience, and boundless love.