Eddie had been Lee’s rock through years of debilitating health battles. When the tables turned and Eddie faced his own fight for life, Lee stopped at nothing to support her best friend, right to the very end. We went to visit Lee and Eddie at the beautiful home they shared together, in the months leading up to Eddie’s passing.
From Lee: “Mr. Eddie Murphy,
Ours is a tale of fervent love. Of provision and blessing. A great and mutual gift. Of serendipity and perfect timing. Of healing. Of interconnectedness. Of love you wish to hold on to forever in its current form, yet you know you cannot. Of a love that will not die, only change to memory and a larger heart as its legacy.
I could never have known the days and years ahead when we chose each other. When I swept you out of that cage, you’d been abandoned to by those who were blind to your worth and did not deserve you. Lucky me. Lucky you.
Thank you, my moving shadow, never far from my side, who took such care not to trip me when my leg was lost. Who patiently walked at my slow crawl without complaint, while containing your vast enthusiasm and admirable athleticism. Who never pulled me over, and understood my constant apologies as I persevered. Who thought none the less of me for my incapacities, but only loved…as I do for you now. Who lay quietly at my feet when terror, exhaustion and their bleak companion, pain, all but consumed me.
We are kin and kindred. Now it is my turn to stand for you. To protect, provide and care for you with all I possess. It is my honour and privilege you great and wondrous creature. I will miss you so desperately when you fly free with my marvelous pack of border collies. I’m so blessed to have been graced by you all, all the days of my life thus far.
I love you beyond earth and sky… Xxxx”