Eileen McCann Wiki – Eileen McCann Biography
Madeleine McCann’s grandmother Eileen who ‘never gave up hope’ her granddaughter would be found has died from a coronavirus-related illness. Eileen McCann passed away last month just weeks before German police broke the bombshell news that they believe Madeleine is dead and are now investigating a new prime suspect over her abduction and murder. Widow Eileen – one of Madeleine’s devoted grans and Gerry’s mother – said shortly after her granddaughter was snatched in 2007: ‘When I lost my husband John two years ago I thought that my world had collapsed. But losing Madeleine is ten times worse.’
The former shop assistant and cleaner from Glasgow, who spent many months in Portugal’s Praia da Luz supporting and comforting her devastated son, Kate and their toddler twins Sean and Amelie after the kidnap, said at the time: ‘As long as they don’t find her body, I’ll never give up hope. When we do finally get her home she’ll have so much love and hugs from us all.’
Eileen McCann Age
Eileen McCann has died at the age of 80 years.
Eileen McCann Family & Siblings
Along with family members, Eileen was a stalwart for launching a global campaign to keep Madeleine’s disappearance in the global spotlight and find her abductor. Eileen’s wish, and that of Kate’s parents, retired joiner Brian and former teacher Susan Healy from Liverpool, was for them all to learn the fate of their adored grandchild before their own life’s end. Family spokesman Clarence Mitchell added: ‘The family will definitely not be commenting on a private family matter.’
Mother-of-five Eileen, who hails from Donegal, Ireland, was a driving force along with two of her three daughters Philomena and Tricia and son John in campaigning to find Madeleine. She and family members were happy to conduct media interviews to help keep the youngster’s disappearance in the media headlines in a bid to track down her kidnapper.
She had previously told of her belief that her ‘hyperactive’ and inquisitive granddaughter was drugged to stop her screaming out before she was snatched. She said: ‘There is no way they carried her out of there without her awakening. If she was taken when she was sleeping by somebody she did not know, she would have screamed the place down.’ Three-year-old Madeleine had been left sleeping alone with her younger twin siblings while her parents were dining in a nearby tapas restaurant with pals whilst taking it in turns to make half-hourly checks on the kids.
Cause Of Death
Heart doctor Gerry and ex GP turned medical worker Kate, both 52, of Rothley, Leicestershire, are understood to have attended Eileen’s small funeral amidst Covid-19 social distancing restrictions in St Coval’s, East Renfrewshire. Gerry has confirmed his mother’s death to the family spokesman but relatives do not wish to comment. Kate’s uncle Brian Kennedy told MailOnline: ‘We do not wish to comment on private family matters.’ A source close to the couple said: ‘It is yet another tragedy for the family and people who know them will be very sorry to hear. But is is a private family matter and Kate and Gerry do not wish to discuss it.’
Madeleine McCann’s grandmother Eileen who ‘never gave up hope’ her granddaughter would be found has died from a coronavirus-related illness.
Eileen McCann, aged 80, passed away last month just weeks before German police broke the bombshell news that they believe Madeleine is dead and are now investigating a new prime suspect over her abduction and murder.