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Jackie Guthrie, Arlo Guthrie's wife, dies at 68

Arlo Guthrie singing "Amazing Grace" to his new bride Jackie Hyde, at their wedding ceremony Oct. 9, 1969, on Guthrie's farm in Washington, Mass.
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Folk singer Arlo Guthrie has announced the death of his wife, Jackie, at age 68.

An obituary released by Guthrie's record label says Jackie Guthrie had inoperable cancer and died Sunday at the couple's winter home in Florida. They had recently celebrated their 43rd wedding anniversary.

In a Facebook posting, Guthrie says his relationship with his wife was "a very great love." The emotional post provided insight into the couple's relationship.

"We didn't always like each other," Guthrie wrote. "From time to time there were moments when we'd have our bags packed by the door. But, there was this great love that we shared from the moment we met - a recognition - It's YOU! And we would always return to it year after year, decade after decade and I believe life after lifetime."

The couple also shared a home in Washington, in western Massachusetts. Guthrie's website says he's canceling or postponing some upcoming shows and will begin a planned tour in Canada next week.

Jackie Guthrie grew up in Malibu, Calif., and met Arlo Guthrie in 1968 while she was working as a cashier in a famous Hollywood club, The Troubador.

She is survived by five children and 10 grandchildren.

Guthrie has postponed several upcoming shows but promises to reschedule them as soon as possible.