Farewell to Adele Zerilli Springsteen: A Tribute to the Matriarch Behind Bruce’s Music

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Adele Zerilli Springsteen, the cherished mother of legendary musician Bruce Springsteen, passed away at the age of 98. Bruce took to Instagram to share the news, posting a poignant video of them dancing to “In the Mood,” along with a caption that read, β€œAdele Springsteen β€” May 4, 1925-January 31, 2024.” In his heartfelt tribute, Bruce reflected on memories, capturing the profound impact his mother had on his life and career.

Recalling moments from his childhood, Bruce shared, “I remember in the morning, Mom, hearing your alarm clock ring. I’d lie in bed and listen to you getting ready for work, the sound of your makeup case 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.”

Bruce credited his mother with being the glue that held the family together during tough times, highlighting her work ethic and consistency. In a 2010 Ellis Island speech, he praised her as “real smart, real strong, real creative,” emphasizing her ability to balance work and home responsibilities.

Adele, a New York City native, became an integral part of Bruce’s anthem “American Land,” acknowledging the influence of the Zerilli family. Despite never envisioning her son’s future musical legacy, Adele’s joyful spirit made her a fan favorite, and video evidence shows her rocking out onstage with Bruce as far back as 1992.

In 2021, Bruce revealed that Adele had been battling Alzheimer’s disease for a decade, leaving her unable to speak or stand. Despite the challenges, Adele’s resilience and positive energy remained a cornerstone of the Springsteen family. Her on-stage moments, particularly during songs like “Dancing In The Dark” and “Twist And Shout,” endeared her to fans, showcasing her spirited presence alongside her son.

Adele Springsteen, with her distinctive smile and sound, continued to express love even in the face of Alzheimer’s, leaving an enduring legacy in the hearts of Bruce’s fans. The passing of this beloved matriarch marks the end of an era, but her influence on Bruce Springsteen’s life and music will undoubtedly endure.

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