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In memory of Janine Morse

Steve Morse and Janine

Steve Morse writes in his website:

Yesterday, February 4, at 2:40pm, I said my last goodbye to my beloved wife, Janine. We had been in a period of remission which lasted not nearly long enough. But luckily, I was able to spend virtually every day with her as she found workarounds to get through some of the aftermath of the long chemo treatment. But we did travel and do things, and were enjoying life with both of us cherishing every moment. Deep down, we knew that any day, we could get the news.

Some of you knew her, as she would sell shirts at my trio (Steve Morse Band) gigs, and she loved to travel and meet everyone. If anybody happens to read this who got their picture with Janine and I a few weeks ago at the Kansas concert in Clearwater, you have a photo of the last show she ever went to, and I’d love to see that shot if you could post it.

Read Steve’s heartfelt eulogy to his wife in full on stevemorse.com.

We extend our most sincere condolences to Steve and his family.

53 Comments to “In memory of Janine Morse”:

  1. 1
    marcus says:

    Times like this are so sad, and always come too soon.
    All we can do is offer our sympathy.

  2. 2
    Adel Faragalla says:

    I was very sad when Steve left Purple but he is an amazing guy and he stood by his beloved wife till the end and spent every single day with her.
    May she rest in peace and may her beautiful memory gives you the strength and hope for an amazing future ahead of you.
    My condolences to you Steve and to all your loved ones.
    Peace ✌️

  3. 3
    Uwe Hornung says:

    How devastating.

    Have a safe journey, Janine.


  4. 4
    James Steven Gemmell says:

    Heartfelt condolences to Steve & family. Words never suffice

  5. 5
    MacGregor says:

    Vale Janine Morse & condolences to Steve & his & Janine’s family.

  6. 6
    Mike Nagoda says:

    Absolutely awful.

    My deepest condolences to Steve and his family.

  7. 7
    Leslie S Hedger says:

    What a sad day!! Condolences to Steve and his Family!! May Janine RIP!!

  8. 8
    Gregster says:

    Condolences to Steve & family. At least you managed to spend quality time with her Steve, & her suffering here has ended. The world-of-light that we check-in-to is meant to be pretty good, so no doubt she’ll be fine !

    RIP Janine.

    Peace !

  9. 9
    George Martin says:

    Such sad news, I can’t imagine what you must be going through. Prayers are with you from everyone.

  10. 10
    Blair Forrester says:

    Remember the good times, my heat is with you and condolences to Steve and his family

  11. 11
    Mark Campbell says:

    My heart goes out to you , Steve and your family. I keep you in
    my thoughts and hope for you peace and happiness. Love is Never Lost.

  12. 12
    Dave says:

    Terrible news.

    As long as you live, your loved one will live on through you.

  13. 13
    Kidpurple says:

    Sad news. Condolences & Godspeed.

  14. 14
    Tommy H. says:

    My sincere condolences and much strength for Steve!

  15. 15
    DeepOz says:

    “Cherish those around you, and let them know”.
    It’s often said “live life like it’s your last day”. But very recently I heard it expressed slightly differently, “like life like it’s your loved ones last day”, and I guess this is exactly what Steve did.
    Condolences to Steve, his family and friends. RIP Janine.

  16. 16
    Kris says:

    Deepest Sympathy Steve… Rest In Peace Janine…

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    AndreA says:

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    AndreA says:

    Sad for You, Steve.
    Come back to the Band now.

  19. 19
    Sebastian says:

    My sincere condolences to Steve and his family.
    That is something you don’t want anybody to have to go through.

  20. 20
    pacuha says:

    Sad news. RIP Janine.

  21. 21
    brendan keogh says:

    condolence to steve and fam

  22. 22
    stoffer says:

    So sorry to hear this sad news. Our deepest sympathies to you Steve and your family.

  23. 23
    Zoom says:

    My deepest sympathy to the Morse family.

    Sad news indeed…

  24. 24
    Tony says:

    Don’t know what to say.
    My condolences for the whole family.

  25. 25
    DG says:

    Condolences to Steve & his family on there loss. Very sad news.

    I hope that the members of Deep Purple will have contacted Steve privately, as I am sure Steve would have been in contact with Ian Gillan when his wife died recently.

  26. 26
    Martin says:

    I am writing here for the first time today, but I have been following this website for as long as it has existed. I’ve been a Deep Purple fan since I was 12 years old. Today I’m almost 52. Steve Morse was the big discovery for me as a guitarist in the 90s. He is incredible and above all a fine human being! When you’ve seen these people live in concert so often and adore their music, it’s as if they’re old friends. So I’m terribly sorry for Steve that he had to go through so much suffering with his wife and ultimately lost her. Hopefully the music can help him get over the loss!

  27. 27
    Nino says:

    It’s a pity, although we all knew that this would happen, but we hoped that it would happen as late as possible. My condolences, mr. Morse.

  28. 28
    Rock Voorne says:

    I m not known for my affection for his sound et all but I must say this really saddened me deeply.

    Good they spent so much time together recently.

    Life surely aint fair.

  29. 29
    Deep Diography says:

    Most sincere condolences to Steve and his family.

  30. 30
    Jose Nava from Miami he says:

    Soy fan de la banda de Rock más grande del mundo: DEEP PURPLE y he escuchado todos y cada uno de sus discos y sus 5 guitarristas ( incluido J.Satriani) pero ninguno tan virtuoso como Steve Morse ( El Mejor ), para ti amigo Stevie como te dice aveces Gillan mis más sentido pésame…Se que podrás recuperarte de esta sentida pérdida de tu amada esposa… Hiciste lo que un buen esposo hace: Cuidarla y amarla. Te deseo más éxitos de los que has cosechado y por favor REGRESA A DEEP PURPLE ( Haces mucha falta).
    Con Aprecio y Respeto.

  31. 31
    George in Ohio says:

    Incredibly sad news. I salute Steve for putting his wife first, even though I absolutely detested the idea of him leaving Purple. But it was the right decision, and it sounds like he and Janine made wonderful memories right up to the end. My sincerest condolences to you, Steve, as you mourn her passing but celebrate her life. Remember and treasure the good life you shared.

  32. 32
    Sal says:

    My condolences to Steve and his family.

  33. 33
    Simon says:

    Deepest sympathy and condolences to Steve and to Steve’s and Janine’s family.

  34. 34
    Uwe Hornung says:

    Janine couldn’t have asked for a better husband. And Steve’s decision to care for her and leave touring life with DP behind was of role model nature.

    I’m hoping for a gentle healing process. Steve has a positive outlook on life which should help him pull through.

  35. 35
    dpmuc72 says:

    Deepest condolences to Steve Morse and his family.

  36. 36
    Albania says:

    My sincere condolences to Steve, his immediate family, and his loved ones.
    I was fortunate enough to meet Janine after Deep Purple’s February 2, 1998, show at the Celebrity Theater in Phoenix, AZ.
    We were backstage chatting with Steve, Roger, and little Ian. Janine came over with a friend and introduced herself. Not only was it my first time ever seeing my all-time favorite band live, but there I was…hanging out into the wee hours with some of my heroes.
    As one can imagine, the whole experience can be somewhat jittery, but Janine’s presence made me feel calm and at ease. I still remember how polite and friendly Janine was; she came across as truly genuine and down to earth.
    I have found Steve to be the same way in my numerous encounters with him over the years, and I was sad when I read the announcement of his departure from my favorite band. However, I understood, respected, and appreciated his decision to put family first. It was clearly the right call.
    I am truly sorry for your loss, Steve. May Janine Rest in Peace.

  37. 37
    Ondok Patrik says:

    Do not stand by my grave, and weep.
    I am not there, I do not sleep
    I am the thousand winds that blow
    I am the diamond glints in snow
    I am the sunlight on ripened grain,
    I am the gentle, autumn rain.
    As you awake with morning’s hush,
    I am the swift, up-flinging rush
    Of quiet birds in circling flight,
    I am the day transcending night.
    Do not stand by my grave, and cry—
    I am not there, I did not die.

  38. 38
    brendan keogh says:

    condolence brother steve &fam from the bronx

  39. 39
    Uwe Hornung says:

    That’s a beautiful piece of poetry, OP.

  40. 40
    sidroman says:

    RIP Janine

    Condolences to Steve and his family

  41. 41
    Leon Rodziewicz says:

    So sorry to hear such sad news

    Sincerest condolences and wishing Steve and the family all the best for the future.

    May all your memories be happy ones.

  42. 42
    David Wolk says:

    Our prayers are with her God bless you and your family Keep on rocking Steve you are a true person and kind soul .RIP Janine

  43. 43
    Daniel Russell says:

    Onward and Upward Janine. Deep condolences Steve and family.

  44. 44
    Ted The Mechanic says:

    Gregster @8,

    Your comments are fantastic!

    “I may be leaving, but I won’t be gone.
    I’ll be there when you want me, Above and Beyond.”


  45. 45
    Thomas Reeves says:

    It is with great sadness that I type this message to the Morse family. I never knew Janine, but have been a fan of Steve for decades. It is my prayer that Janine has trusted in the shed blood of Jesus the Christ for eternal life. I hope to meet her when I get to Heaven. I moved to Ocala in May last year and if I can be of service to the Morse family in any way I would be honored to hear from you. God Bless Circle24/7 where she served for many years.

  46. 46
    Marije Essink says:

    If anyone has photos of Steve and Janine from on tour, please post them here:
    I want to collect them and send them to Steve, as there may be photos out there that he has never even seen…

  47. 47
    Robert Driskell says:

    So sad to hear of your loss, Steve. I can’t imagine losing my dear wife. I will be praying for you. I certainly admire you even more for leaving Deep Purple to be with your wife. My heart goes out to you, sir.

  48. 48
    Richard Woodhouse says:

    So very sorry to hear that you lost your lovely wife Janine. Thinking of you and your family at this sad time.

  49. 49
    Pauli Troglauer says:

    Dear Steve and family,

    my deepest condolences from Pauli / Germany!

  50. 50
    Andrew M says:

    This is very sad news indeed. My deepest sympathy to Steve and the children.

  51. 51
    RB says:

    Only just read this sad news. So very sorry to hear of your loss Steve, all our love and heartfelt condolences to you.

  52. 52
    lori l cooper says:

    I lost in 2018/a person companion too soon/when I stumble across the story jamie/steves/ enjoyed life riding bikes/gardening/ect.. together/was great/anger is the hardest/ and thing is she will always be their/might never love again/its that way/it sucks//takes long time steve//saw the hardrock ftlauderdale show/not a clue was your last one/except the cruise//actually last show/oh mann..we have to go on/I had tuff time cause my support system sadly fell apart /hope you have an animal/few can create longevity luv…like yours.and none can compare///

  53. 53
    Paul says:

    Steve I’m sorry to here about your sad loss my heart goes out to you and your family she must of been one hell of a lady she will always be with you wherever you go she’s your star.

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