Dragon, the musician best known as the Captain in the group “The Captain and Tennille”, died Wednesday due to renal failure. He was 76.
As Radar readers know, Dragon and Tennille married in 1975, and went on to record hits like "Do That to Me One More Time" and "Love Will Keep Us Together." But after 39 years of marriage, Tennille walked out on Dragon in 2014, saying their union was “irretrievably broken.”
“The divorce was Toni’s idea and I don’t understand it,” Dragon said at the time. “I was never unfaithful to her. I always thought her and I were like ravens – monogamous for life.”
“I can’t figure it out.”
As the years passed, and Dragon’s health worsened, the Captain and Tennille reconciled, and she was by his side as he passed away. Learn more about the couple’s reconnection in this exclusive Radar gallery.
Tennille moved from Florida to Prescott, Arizona just after Christmas 2017 to take care of Dragon as his health continued to decline.
She moved into a house minutes away from his to be close by whenever needed.
They had talked quite a bit since they broke up, and they realized that they had been through so much together that they could never really break the bond that they had.
“They didn’t not become romantic again, but I joked that they were never this close when they were married,” former Captain and Tennille publicist Harlan Boll told Radar.
In the last few months, Tennille spent “most of her time” taking care of him.
Boll contends they became “best friends again in the end.”
Tennille was at Dragon’s side as he took his dying breath in a hospice.
"He was a brilliant musician with many friends who loved him greatly," Tennille said in a statement. "I was at my most creative in my life when I was with him."
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