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LOVE couldn’t keep them to­gether — but death re­united The Cap­tain and Ten­nille! Leg­endary hit­maker Daryl Dragon died Jan. 2 of re­nal fail­ure at 76 in home hospice care. Al­though he had been bit­terly es­tranged from his for­mer mu­si­cal part­ner and ex-wife, Toni Ten­nille, for years, she was at his bed­side when he took his fi­nal breath! The Na­tional EN­QUIRER can re­veal that Toni, 78, had moved back into a home in Prescott, Ariz., near Daryl’s house in July 2017 to care for her dy­ing ex. “Toni and Daryl kept in touch af­ter their breakup,” dished a source. “She agreed to move back to be near him as his health con­tin­ued to de­cline.” The cou­ple didn’t rekin­dle their ro­mance, but Toni’s pub­li­cist and pal Har­lan

Boll said: “I joked that they be­came much closer than they had ever been dur­ing their mar­riage.”

The hottest pop duo of the ’70s suf­fered through a vi­cious breakup when Toni or­dered the Cap­tain to walk the plank out of her life for­ever in 2014! “She dis­carded

Daryl af­ter 39 years of mar­riage,” fumed an in­sider at the time. Di­vorce doc­u­ments ob­tained ex­clu­sively by The EN­QUIRER re­vealed that wheelchair­bound song­writer Daryl had signed a “disclaimer deed” giv­ing away any rights to the cou­ple’s $360,000 home! Daryl, who per­formed such mas­sive hits as “Muskrat Love” and “Do That to Me One More Time” was rid­dled with Parkin­son’s dis­ease.

The crip­pling con­di­tion forced him into hospice care in 2015.

The next year, Toni re­leased her scathing au­to­bi­og­ra­phy, “Toni Ten­nille,” charg­ing that Daryl was an emo­tion­ally ab­sent taskmas­ter.

“I can say with­out ex­ag­ger­a­tion that he showed no phys­i­cal af­fec­tion for me dur­ing our very long mar­riage,” she wrote.

Toni fur­ther ridiculed Daryl for his at­tempts to get her to eat healthy, his failed hair trans­plant and a med­i­cal con­di­tion that gave him un­usu­ally large eye­balls! “She killed their mar­riage, and now this book — what else can she do to hu­mil­i­ate him?” a source told The EN­QUIRER at the time.

While in hospice, Daryl suf­fered fright­en­ing episodes of de­men­tia, plac­ing fran­tic 911 calls and claim­ing that some­one was try­ing to kill him!

But when po­lice ar­rived, they found Daryl “sleep­ing” and “se­cure,” ac­cord­ing to a re­port ob­tained by The EN­QUIRER.

“Thank­fully, Toni’s re­turn brought some peace to both of them,” a friend said. “In the end, love did bring them back to­gether.”

The singer’s ex-wife moved closer to him as his healthde­clined

Daryl and Toni were mar­ried for 39 years!

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