Despite his poor health conditions, Bob Barker went to visit his wife Dorothy on her death anniversary with flowers.
The way one deals with grief differs from person to person. For some, it may take months but for others, even a decade will not be enough. Bob Barker, the host of one of America's famous game shows, The Price Is Right is overcome with grief. Though it has been years since he lost the love of his life, Barker still finds it hard to live a life without her.
Two years ago, Barker who was 93 visited the grave of his late wife, Dorothy Jo Gideon, a commercial jingle singer. The 19 times Emmy award winner brought a bouquet of daisies to honor his dear wife on her 36th death anniversary and reportedly collapsed in grief. “He was alone for about 20 minutes until his caregiver came back to help him up,” said a source to Radar Online. Barker, who looked weary and sad, did not want to leave the site. However, his help guided him down the hill. He clutched his help's hand and walked down looking depressed. He missed his wife, his high school sweetheart.
Barker and his late wife share an extraordinary love story. The legendary host met his future wife when he was just 15 years old at an Ella Fitzgerald concert in Missouri. In 1945, a young Barker eloped with Dorothy after he left the Navy where he was a fighter pilot during WWII. The two got married and lived together in love for 36 years. When she died in 1981, Barker's world came tumbling down.
A source to Radar Online, said, "Bob never got over Dorothy Jo’s death from lung cancer. They were married 36 years and she was the love of his life."
He was so in love with her that he never wanted anyone to replace her in his life. "I never had any inclination to remarry. She was my wife. She was ahead of her time. She really was. She stopped wearing fur coats before anyone was stopping. She became a vegetarian before people were becoming vegetarian. And I gradually did the same thing with her [in 1979]," said Barker to Good Morning America as quoted by Daily Mail.
After her death, he continued to share the beliefs of his late wife and even advocated for it. USA Today reported that the host appeared as a guest star on a 2014 CBS show The Bold and the Beautiful. Though he was active in television for years, his deteriorating health has now forced him to take a backseat. The now 95-year-old has survived two strokes, heart disease, recurring skin cancer, and prostate surgery. However, none of these seem to have scared Barker. The man who terribly misses his wife is not afraid to say goodbye to the world.
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"Everyone’s praying for Bob, but his health is deteriorating rapidly. We fear his final curtain could come any day. The next fall could be deadly - and Bob knows it," an insider told Radar Online. "But he's not afraid. He said, 'When it's my time, I'm ready to die'. I think he can’t wait for the day when he and Dorothy can be reunited," said a friend. Barker reportedly got a tombstone engraved with his name next to hers and also has his funeral planned.
Barker is still one with his wife no matter how far they are from each other. His love for her is inspirational.