Nova Scotia

Bobby Curtola's wife dies in Highway 103 crash

The wife of 1960s Canadian pop star Bobby Curtola has been ID'd as the deceased in a fatal Tuesday three-vehicle crash that occurred on Highway 103 in Maitland at about 1 p.m.

Karyn Rochford was 73, according to Curtola's official Facebook page

Karyn Rochford (right), the wife of Canadian pop star Bobby Curtola (left), died in a car crash on Tuesday in Maitland, Nova Scotia. (Bobby Curtola/Facebook)

The wife of 1960s Canadian pop star Bobby Curtola has been identified as the woman who died in a three-vehicle crash Tuesday afternoon on Highway 103 in Maitland, N.S.

The official Facebook page of Bobby Curtola confirmed the death of Karyn Rochford, 73, in a post.

"The statement at this time is Karyn is the love of his life and their families would appreciate that you respect their privacy and will make further announcements after the funeral," said the post.

The accident forced the closure of Highway 103 between Blockhouse and Bridgewater.

Another motorist — a 68-year-old man from Chester — was taken to hospital and is expected to survive, said RCMP on Tuesday.

A third vehicle was struck by debris from the initial crash, but no one in the car was injured.

RCMP said bad weather was likely a factor in the crash.

Born in Thunder Bay, Ont., Curtola became a pop sensation in the 1960s with hits like Fortune Teller and Hand In Hand With You. He also wrote and performed jingles for Coca-Cola.


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