Bruce Springsteen's mother dies at 98

February 2, 2024
by
Matthew Boose

Fans of Bruce Springsteen have joined the rock singer in mourning the loss of his mother, Adele. She was 98. 

Born Adele Zerilli, Springsteen's mother was famous for her love of dancing and would often join her son on stage at concerts.

Bruce Springsteen's mother dies

The "Born To Run" singer celebrated his mother with a video of the two of them dancing to Glenn Miller's "In The Mood."

 

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The Instagram post was captioned with lyrics from Springsteen's song "The Wish", which is dedicated to her.

"I’m older but you’ll know me in a glance," Springsteen wrote. "We’ll find us a little rock ‘n roll bar and we’ll go out and dance."

Steven Van Zandt, Springsteen's close friend and the guitarist in the E Street Band, also shared a heartfelt tribute.

"The Matriarch of our family and an unrelenting source of inspiring positive energy. One of a kind. She will always be there for us. Dancing in the audience," Van Zandt wrote.

Brooklyn native loved music, dancing

The daughter of Italian immigrants, Adele Springsteen was born Adele Zerilli and grew up in Brooklyn's Bay Ridge neighborhood.

She married Springsteen's father, Douglas Springsteen, in 1948 and together the couple raised three kids in Freehold, New Jersey - Bruce, Pamela, and Virginia. Adele was trained as a legal secretary and was the main breadwinner in the family.

Bruce Springsteen credited her with imparting his love for music, and it was she who bought him his first guitar.

"My mom loved music, Top 40 music; the radio was always on in the car and in the kitchen in the morning," he wrote in his memoir Born to Run. 

Toward the end of her life, Adele Springsteen suffered from Alzheimer's - but she stayed connected to her son through music.

All it took was some Glenn Miller, and Adele was on her feet.

“This is an essential part of mom’s spirit, it’s who she is,” Springsteen said during a 2021 Springsteen on Broadway show.

“It’s beyond language, and it’s more powerful than memory. It’s the embodiment. This is what she has put her trust in and lived her life by and which, despite all she has suffered, she carries on with to this moment, as if life’s beauty never deserted her. I love her.”

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