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Liverpool, England, UK
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Seattle, Washington, USA
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Ex Wife of Ringo Starr
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Maureen Starkey "Mo" Tigrett (4 August 1946 – 30 December 1994) was the first wife of The Beatles drummer, Ringo Starr. They married in 1965 and divorced in 1975. The couple had three children, Zak, Jason and Lee. Maureen gradually created a new life for herself and the children, but the Starkeys remained a family unit. A friend commented: "Ringo never lost that place in his heart for Maureen. He`d only lost that person that fell in love with her". On the third anniversary of their divorce in 1978 Ringo and Maureen with their children attended a party together setting off press speculation that they were reconciling. Maureen married Isaac Tigrett, of Hard Rock Cafe and House of Blues fame, on 27 May 1989 in Monaco. They had one daughter together: Augusta King Tigrett, born 4 January 1987 in Dallas, Texas.
Maureen Tigrett died of complications from treatment for leukemia, aged 48, on 30 December 1994 at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, Washington. She had recently received bone marrow from her son Zak. Her four children, mother Flo, husband Isaac Tigrett and ex-husband Ringo were all at her bedside when she died. Ringo was devastated by her death and a friend commented to the press: "She took a part of Ringo with her when she died last week. There was so much of Ringo that he had lost over the years which only Maureen held in her heart". Paul McCartney wrote the song "Little Willow", which appears on his 1997 album Flaming Pie, in her memory, and he dedicated it to her children.
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Mary Cox Starkey Tigrett
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Maureen "Mo" Starkey Tigrett, born Mary Cox, (4 August 1946 – 30 December 1994) was a hairdresser from Liverpool, England, best known as the first wife of the Beatles' drummer, Ringo Starr. She met Starr at The Cavern Club, where the Beatles were playing, when she was a trainee hairdresser in Liverpool. Starr proposed marriage at the Ad-Lib Club in London, on 20 January 1965. They married at the Caxton Hall Register Office, London, in 1965, and divorced in 1975.
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