Bruce Springsteen’s mother Adele dies aged 98: Music legend, 74, reveals parent’s passing 13 years after she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease
Bruce Springsteen’s mother, Adele, has died at the age of 98, the singer announced in a devastating Instagram post on Thursday.
Dancing In The Dark hitmaker Springsteen, 74, announced his beloved mother’s death by sharing a touching video of Adele dancing with him to swing music along with a caption made up of lyrics from his 1998 song The Wish – which was written for her.
He wrote: ‘Adele Springsteen – 4 May 1925 – 31 January 2024.
‘I remember mum hearing your alarm go off in the morning. I lay in bed listening to you get ready for work, the sound of your makeup bag on the sink.
‘And the ladies at the office, all lipstick, perfume and rustling skirts, how proud and happy you always looked walking home from work.
‘It’s not a phone call on Sunday, flowers or a Mother’s Day card. This is no house on the hill with a garden and a nice little garden. I have my hot rod on Bond Street, I’m older but you’ll know me at a glance. We’ll get us a Little rock ‘n’ roll bar and we’ll go out and dance.
Bruce Springsteen’s mother, Adele, has died at the age of 98, the singer announced in a devastating Instagram post on Thursday (photo 2013).
Dancing In The Dark hitmaker Springsteen, 74, announced his beloved mother’s death by sharing a touching video of Adele dancing with him to swing music along with a caption consisting of lyrics from his 1998 song The Wish – which was written for her.
Adele was well known and loved by Springsteen fans as she often attended his shows and he danced with her on stage,
He said during a Springsteen on Broadway performance in 2021: ‘My mother loves to dance. She grew up in the ’40s … (with) the big bands and the swing bands, and it was a time when dancing was an existential act.
“She’s 95 and she’s 10 years into Alzheimer’s and it’s taken a lot out of us,” he continued. “But the need to dance did not leave her.
‘She can’t speak. She can’t stand. She can’t feed herself. But when she sees me, there’s always a smile. Always a smile. And there is still a kiss. And there is a sound she makes when she sees me. It’s just the sound, but I know it means ‘I love you’.”
‘I put Glen Miller on and she starts to move in her chair (…) she starts to reach out to me, to take her in my arms again and dance with her on the floor.
“It’s an essential part of mom’s spirit, it’s who she is,” he said. “It goes beyond language and it is more powerful than memory. This is the embodiment.
‘This is what she put her trust in and lived her life by and with which, despite all that she suffered, she continues to this moment, as if the beauty of life had never failed her. I love her.’
Adele Ann Zerilli was originally from the Bay Ridge neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. She married Bruce’s father, Douglas Springstreen, in 1948 after his cousin set them up. Douglas died in 1998 at the age of 73.
Adele was known and loved by Springsteen fans as she often attended his shows and he danced with her on stage (pictured 2013 in Spain)
Bruce is pictured with Adele and aunts Ida Urbelis and Dora Kirby at the 9th Annual Ellis Island Family Heritage Awards in 2010
Bruce is pictured with Adele, wife Patti Scialfa and daughter Jessica in 2013
Bruce and his two younger sisters Pamela and Virginia grew up in Freehold, New Jersey.
Adele worked as a legal secretary for 47 years while Douglas was a bus driver and World War II Army veteran. Douglas struggled with depression throughout his life with Bruce also suffering his own crippling battle with mental health.
The family moved to California when Bruce was 19 – he stayed in New Jersey to pursue his then-burgeoning music career.
Adele told The San Mateo County Times in 1984: ‘There are no words to describe it. What would you do if your child smiled at you from every PEOPLE magazine in town?
‘All our children are lovely children. We are proud of them all.’
Bruce detailed his difficult relationship with his father, who could not tell his son he loved him, at some length before his death in 1998, in memoir, Born To Run.
“The best you could get was, ‘Love you, Pops.'” (Switches to his father’s gruff voice.) “Er, me too,” he told Vanity Fair.
‘Even after he had a stroke and he would cry, he would still say, “Me too.” You would hear his voice breaking, but he couldn’t get the words out.’