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Pulling the arrow from the eye

Ian Gillan’s wife Bron has passed away late last year. We have decided not to discuss it on our pages out of respect for the family privacy. Now Ian is ready to talk about it in public with a Dear Friends message on his website.

Dear Friends,

I wish you all a splendid and enjoyable year ahead; Two Thousand and Twenty Three could be an improvement, if you really go for it.

Things are looking up, as King Harold said at the Battle of Hastings.

I’m pulling the arrow from my eye whilst trying to follow the light and, getting back on my feet whilst struggling to walk with half of me missing.

My darling wife, Bron, died of heart failure on Saturday 19 November, 2022, in Exeter Hospital.

It’s taken some weeks until I could find the words to dignify her publicly.

Continue reading on Caramba!

Thanks to Gary Halverson for the heads-up.

25 Comments to “Pulling the arrow from the eye”:

  1. 1
    Dave says:

    Condolences to Ian and his family. She definitely appeared to be a wonderful person.

  2. 2
    Tony says:

    Don’t know what to say.
    All the best for the family and mister Gillan

  3. 3
    Uwe Hornung says:


  4. 4
    Dan Russell says:

    Onward and Upward Bron. Terrible news. Our best, Mr. Gillan.

  5. 5
    Al says:

    Condolences to big Ian and his family. She seems genuinely a great lovely lady. A class act

  6. 6
    James Gemmell says:

    ‘B’ was Ian’s rock. A tough loss for he and Grace, but Ian will carry on with strength and courage, I’m sure.

  7. 7
    Simon says:

    We met Bron briefly at a book signing in Bournemouth some years ago. She was a lovely, smiling, open and generous person, making sure we got our back stage passes and quietly organising things in the background. We are so very sorry for your profound loss Ian.

  8. 8
    Adel Faragalla says:

    Beautiful words from the heart.
    What an amazing happy couple and a family but sadly one had to say goodbye first.
    Have a great 2023 to Ian Gillan and his beautiful daughter Grace.
    Peace ✌️

  9. 9
    Leslie S Hedger says:

    Condolences to Ian and his Family!

  10. 10
    Buttockss says:

    I know i tried to post when it happend but you didn’t let me pay my respects to Ian. Anyway sorry for your loss Ian 😢.

  11. 11
    Gareth says:

    Respect 😥

  12. 12
    Tommy H. says:

    @ #10: Same thing here but understandable.

    My condolences go to Ian, Grace and family for this terrible loss. I particularly enjoyed the interview bits with Bron on “Highway star – A journey in rock”, so I can only imagine what a great partner she must have been to Ian.

  13. 13
    AndreA says:

    I am with You Ian and your daughter.

  14. 14
    stoffer says:

    Very sorry for Ian and his family in their time of grieving.

  15. 15
    DeeperPurps says:

    Sincere condolences to Ian and family in this difficult time.

  16. 16
    Andrzej says:

    Deepest condolences

  17. 17
    Andrew M says:

    Ian has my deepest sympathy. He might reasonably have expected to go first, given their ages, but the awful pain of grief is his.

  18. 18
    Alfredo Vega says:

    Conserva todo lo bueno que te dejó y úsalo para que digas adelante. Seguro será mucho. En paz descanse

  19. 19
    Mike Nagoda says:

    My deepest condolences to Ian and his family – I can’t imagine what he is going through right now. I hope he finds healing and peace!!

  20. 20
    pacuha says:

    Sad news. Condolences to Ian and his Family..

  21. 21
    Albania says:

    My sincere and heartfelt condolences to Ian, Grace and their other loved ones. It seems like Ian and Bron were a true class act at home.
    Looking forward to the New Brunswick, NJ, show on February 11.

  22. 22
    Marc Janssen says:

    Stay Strong, Ian and follow your heart.

  23. 23
    Roland Lackner says:

    Condolences to Ian and his Family. How was in written in a Purple-Song:
    Souls having touched are forever entwinded.
    All the best, and thank you for all the years and good Music.

  24. 24
    Matthias says:

    My condolences to Ian and his family.
    I hope you and your daughter can support each other in these sad times!

  25. 25
    Pieter van der Velde Wzn says:

    My condolences to the family Gillan. Cherish the many memories and shed lots of tears

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