Meet Debbie Higgins: Unexplored Fact On Dr. Phil’s First Wife

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Meet Debbie Higgins: Unexplored Fact On Dr. Phil’s First Wife
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Debbie Higgins was the ex-wife of an American television personality and author Phil McGraw (aka Phillip Calvin McGraw). Her ex-husband is popularly known for hosting the talk show, Dr. Phil.

Besides, moving into Debbie’s marriage with her then-husband Dr. Phil, it only lasted for 3 years. After that, both the ex-couple moved on in their individual path. Sadly, as of 2022, Higgins is no longer alive who passed away in 2014. So, what was the cause behind her death?

Well, here we have come up with several unknown facts regarding Phil McGraw’s former late wife Debbie including her obituary.

Debbie Higgins Was Originally From Las Vegas: About Her Family and Childhood 

Dr. Phil’s first wife, Debbie was born to her parents in the year 1950 in Las Vegas, Nevada, US. Talking about her upbringing, Higgins was raised in Kansas.

Besides, her father is believed to have a farm in Kansas so Higgins together with her mother Georgia Swartz, and her siblings Bill Higgins and Linda Craft moved to Kansas. All of her siblings grew up there together.

Debbie Heggins is no more in the world
Debbie Heggins

As for education, she completed her high school level study at Shawnee Mission North High School, located in Overland Park, Kansas. And then, Heggins enrolled at the Massachusetts Institute of Commerce where she received a degree in Business Administration.

Besides, she belonged to the Caucasian ethnicity and had American nationality.

Career Detail: Debbie Higgins Was An Editor 

The Las Vegas native did a couple of noticeable works in the American movie industry. In 2013, she worked as an editor on the movie named Demon Hunters: Fear the Silence which featured stars like Mary Bonczek, Brian Gildea, and Rob Dimension.

She was also known for her work in the 2011 documentary Christy Mathewson’s Day. Apart from her movie line works, she was reported to be the owner of a liquor store in the Kansas City Suburbs.

Debbie Higgins Was Married To Her Husband Dr. Phil For The Short Time; They Were A High School Lover

While studying at Shawnee Mission North High School, Debbie met her future husband Phil McGraw. In the meantime, McGraw was a big football player while Higgins used to be a cheerleader.

Debbie Higgins rose to prominence being the ex-wife of Dr. Phil
Debbie Higgins and Dr. Phil, an ex-married couple

It was Phil who made the first move as Higgins had a very watchful family. As per the narration made by Debbie regarding her relationship with her author husband, the first time when her future husband asked her on a date, she, without hesitation, accepted his proposal. Gradually, they began meeting more often and eventually began dating.

Moving into their nuptial, 0n November 27, 1970, the former couple tied the knot. They got married in Roeland Park at Debbie’s childhood church just at the age of 20. But, unfortunately, their marriage broke within 3 years in 1973.

Debbie And Her Husband’s Marriage Ended In Sour Note: What Actually Happened?

After many years of their divorce, Debbie disclosed the reason behind her divorce to her ex-spouse Phil. She talked about her side of the truth and said that her then-hubby was domineering. While the couple was still dating, she found McGraw a very sensitive and kind individual. But she claimed everything changed after their marriage. Higgins even said her husband started involving with other women. She told,

”When I confronted him about his infidelities, he didn’t deny these girls and told me that it had nothing to do with his feelings toward me, to grow up, that’s the way it was in the world,”

So, it looks like the infidelity was the main reason behind their separation. But, it was not revealed in the media for a longer time. In the question regarding why she didn’t talk about it before, Debbie replied,

”I understand that in any relationship there are two sides to the story, ”In my relationship with Phil, I have kept my side quiet for all these years because I couldn’t see any good coming from sharing it.”

Whatever the issue happened between them, it never outbursted in an ugly way in the media.

Did Debbie Higgins Marry Again? Her Second Husband 

After her divorce from Dr. Phil, she got married to her second husband named Tony Burasco. It is still unknown when the couple met and got married but she lived with her spouse Tony till her last breath.

In a like manner, her ex-partner Phil also remarried. He shared vows with the New York Best Selling author Robin Jo Jameson in 1976. Coming up to 2022, it’s been already more than four-decade since the couple is sharing a beautiful husband-wife bond.

Debbie Heggins and her ex-husband both married again
Debbie Heggins’ Ex-husband with his second wife

Did Debbie Higgins Share Any Children With Her Ex-Husband, Dr. Phil?

The answer is No! Debbie and the TV personality Phil together didn’t have any children. But after their separation, both the ex-couple experienced parenthood. Debbie was the mother of a daughter named Marci McCall and a son named Jeff McCall Burasco. She probably shared both of her children with her husband Tony.

On the other hand, her ex-partner also has children with his now-wife Robin. He is a father of two sons named Jay McGraw, born in 1979, and Jordan McGraw, born in 1986.

Debbie Higgins Died At The Age of 64; What Was The Cause Of Her Death?

Unfortunately, on September 14, 2014, Higgins passed away and her death was first confirmed by her brother Bill Higgins. Actually, she was battling cancer for some time. As per her brother, her cancer was never identified.

And sadly, she left the world leaving her family behind at the age of 64.

What Was Debbie Heggins’s Net Worth At The Time Of Her Death?

As per several sources, Debbie Heggins had an estimated net worth of $500,000 at the time of her death. Her major source of income was her career as an editor in Hollywood. She also once used to run a liquor shop.

In the meantime, her famous ex-husband Dr.Phil has a net worth of $460 million in 2022.

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