NEWS: Rio Ferdinand’s wife Rebecca Ellison dies from cancer.
The wife of former Manchester United and England captain Rio Ferdinand has died, after a “short battle from cancer”.
The 36 year-old QPR defender, released a statement saying that is wonderful wife has passed on Friday night.
Rebecca Ellison, 34, who married Ferdinand in 2009, had breast cancer.
In a statement on QPR’s official website, Ferdinand stated:
“Rebecca, my wonderful wife, passed away peacefully after a short battle with cancer at the Royal Marsden Hospital in London,”
“She was a fantastic loving mother to our three beautiful children. She will be missed as a wife, sister, aunt, daughter and granddaughter. She will live on in our memory, as a guide and inspiration.
“Myself, my parents Janice and Julian, along with Rebecca’s parents Lesley and Stephen, would like to thank our families, friends and my club colleagues who have rallied around in these desperate days, weeks and months.”
Since the news broke, messages of support have been posted on twitter and other social network site from the world of football.
Manchester United said: “Everybody’s thoughts at #mufc are with Rio Ferdinand today, whose wife sadly passed away last night.”
QPR captain Joey Barton posted: “Just heard the terrible news. RIP Rebecca.”
Rio Ferdinand current club, QPR stated: “The thoughts of everyone at Queens Park Rangers Football Club are with Rio and his family at this immensely difficult time.”
Ms Ellison, leaves behind three children, Lorenz, 9, Tate, 6, and 4-year-old, Tia.
Everyone’s thoughts here at Eyes and Voice are with Rio Ferdinand and his family.
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