Iron Maiden star Bruce Dickinson was “stunned” by the sudden death of his ex-wife, with friends saying the rocker thought she was “happier and more serene”.
Tragic Patrice Bowden, 58 – known as Paddy – was found dead in his 3 million pound gated town house in Chiswick, West London, which she shared with the rock star before her departure.
But friends say that, despite the split, Mr. Dickinson’s relationship with his ex-wife had “improved a lot” in the months leading up to his death.
The former couple was in a “good place” and Mr. Dickinson thought Paddy was happier and more settled.
He was shocked by the news of his death, the source added.
Friends may have told MailOnline on Monday that Paddy had been hiding in his £ 3 million house in the months before his death on Monday.
It is believed that she was found by her cleaning lady.
As an exclusive video shows, three police officers, dressed in white protective suits, entered the house while distraught family members waited outside.
Iron Maiden leader Bruce Dickinson’s former wife Patrice Bowden locked himself in his £ 3 million home in the months before his death yesterday, friends told MailOnline today. In the photo: the couple together in 2013
Rocker thought distant wife was in “good place” before death
Three forensic police officers, dressed in white protective overalls, entered the home of Chiswick where Paddy Bowden was found dead while distraught family members were waiting outside
Austin, son of Iron Maiden leader Bruce Dickinson (right in 2015), said he “didn’t even have the words” after the death of his mother Patrice Bowden (second from left). Left: the other son of former Griffin couple
Former couple’s son Austin Dickinson wrote heartbreaking article on Instagram
A friend told the Sun, “Paddy had his problems and of course the divorce was difficult, as anyone would be, but in reality the things between her and Bruce were much better.
“It took a little while and he was living in Paris, but their divorce was progressing surprisingly smoothly and the family remains close as a whole, so Bruce hoped that she would be happier and more settled. “
Neighbors said Mrs. Bowden, 58, was a “very private person” who had rarely been seen since her breakup with Dickinson in November.
One, who asked not to be named, said her friends said she was “depressed” after the marriage broke down, although a family statement on behalf of Dickinson described her death. like a “tragic accident”.
The former couple’s son Austin Dickinson wrote in a heartbreaking Instagram post: “Now many of you have seen the news.
“My mother passed away tragically, I don’t even have a say yet and I ask for privacy and respect for me and our family.
An ambulance was called yesterday at 9:42 am, followed by a police car and a private ambulance, which took away Ms. Bowden’s body about two hours later.
Iron Maiden leader Bruce Dickinson’s wife Paddy Bowden (with Dickinson in 2014) died in “tragic accident”
The couple (pictured together in 2016) separated in November – 29 years after their marriage
Mrs. Bowden is believed to have lived alone on the property, which has a recording studio in the back.
A neighbor said today: “She was a very friendly and down to earth woman with a very gentle nature and a kind of hippie.
“But I hadn’t seen her in a while, she hasn’t been out as much since the breakup with her husband.
“According to some of her friends, she’s been a little bit depressed lately, a little bit depressed.
“I have to say that on occasion, I saw her, she looked good, but I didn’t know her as well as the others.
“It is a horrible thing to happen. My heart goes to his family. As far as I know, she lived alone in this large house, but some of her children were waiting outside the property yesterday with paramedics and the police.
“One of them, a 20 year old girl, was really upset and was being comforted by someone.
Iron Maiden singer (pictured at Sweden Rock Festival in 2018) married Paddy in 1990 after two years of dating
The couple’s shock divorce (pictured at the Shakespeare Globe Gala Dinner in 2013) was estimated at £ 90 million
“There was also the guardian of the house. She made a long statement to a police officer.
“At first we thought it might be coronavirus-related death, because only the police entered the house with protective gear, but I think it was forensic medicine. I do not know what is the cause of death.
Mrs. Bowden’s house is surrounded by a fence and a six-foot wooden door.
Mr. Dickinson is said to have built to prevent heavy metal fans from entering their home.
Another neighbor told MailOnline, “Paddy was a very private woman, she kept a lot for herself.
Dickinson and Bowden (left in 2015 and right in 2016) married in 1990 after dating two years and share three children together
After separation from Bowden, it was revealed that Dickinson had moved to Paris and established a relationship with the Leana Dolce (photographed together in Paris)
After the announcement of their relationship, a friend of Leana told The Mirror at the time: “Leana (photo) has always been a big fan of Iron Maiden, following them for almost 10 years”
Dickinson (photo), who left the group in 1993 to join again in 1999, is known for his energy on stage and his vocal range
The singer (pictured in Dublin, Ireland in 2010) battled stage 3 throat cancer in 2015
Iron Maiden was formed in Leyton, East London, in 1975 and has sold over 100 million copies of their albums
“She sort of locked herself in this house, beyond the big fence and the doors, and we didn’t see her much.
“We saw her very little when she and Bruce were together – even less when she was alone.
“She was just a nice lady, someone who you nodded and said hello to.
Dickinson, 61, and his ex-wife, who have three children together, sons Austin, 29, Griffin, 27, and daughter Kia, 28, split in shock divorce estimated at £ 90 million sterling.
In a sincere statement, Dickinson said, “This is a terrible tragedy that seems to be a tragic accident. Our children Austin, Griffin and Kia and I are devastated.
Comedian Sanjeev Bhaskar went to Twitter to share his latest message from Bowden, which he called “a wonderful and always supportive friend”
“Out of respect for Paddy, we will make no further comments at this extremely difficult and painful time for our family.”
The London ambulance service also confirmed that they had gone to the scene but that the patient had been declared dead on arrival.
A spokesperson said, “We were called at 9:42 am today to report a patient to Barrowgate Road, Chiswick.
We dispatched two paramedics to the scene – the first one arriving within two minutes.
“Unfortunately, the patient had already died.
The singer of Iron Maiden, who was previously married to Jane Dickinson, linked with Bowden, who was a psychotherapist by profession, in 1990 after a two-year relationship.
However, in November 2019, it was reported that the musician had quietly separated from Ms. Bowden and was facing a multi-million pound divorce battle.
It was later revealed that Dickinson had left the matrimonial home to settle in Paris after having established a relation with the “professor of fitness, journalist and blogger of mode” Leana Dolci, which would be the forties.
The singer’s sons followed in their father’s footsteps, with Austin the singer of the heavy metal group Rise to Remain until their separation in 2015 and Griffin the singer of the metalcore group SHVPES.
Iron Maiden was formed in Leyton, East London, in 1975 and has sold over 100 million copies of their albums and won several awards, making it one of the most successful heavy metal bands all time.
In light of the coronavirus pandemic, the group recently announced that it will cancel its Legacy of the Beast world tour until June 2021.
Heavy metal band Iron Maiden backstage at the Alpine Valley Music Theater in Wisconsin in 1983. Left to right: Dave Murray, Steve Harris, Bruce Dickinson, Nicko McBrain and Adrian Smith
The musician (photo) and his wife separated in November, 29 years after their marriage. Their shock divorce was estimated at £ 90 million
A message on their website said, “Due to the lingering health problems around the world around Covid-19, we regretfully inform you that Iron Maiden will no longer perform before June 2021.”
They added: “The band is going well and send you their best wishes, they are very much looking forward to coming back on stage next year and seeing you all so please continue to take care of yourself and stay SMART. “
Dickinson, who also flies Iron Maiden on a tour of the group’s Boeing 747, Ed Force One, is also a beer brewer, screenwriter, novelist, radio presenter and BBC entrepreneur as well as a world-class fencer.
The singer is still active on tour with the rock group that has written hits like Run To The Hills and Can I Play With Madness.
He also chairs an aviation company in the Glamorgan Valley which is expected to receive millions of pounds in new investment.
Fans turned to social media today to pay homage to musician Iron Maiden’s former wife
In 2014 Dickinson confirmed that he boycotted Glastonbury for being “too bourgeois.”
He said at the time, “Personally, I have no interest in going to Glastonbury. Back when Glasto was an alternative festival, it was pretty interesting, but wherever Gwyneth Paltrow goes and where you can live in an air-conditioned yurt, it’s not for me.
Last year, the musician revealed that his next solo album will be released in 2020 during an interview with Argentinian magazine Clarin.