RIP!!! Rio Ferdinand Loses Wife To Cancer

Ellison Rebecca, 35, died after being diagnosed with breast cancer
Rio Ferdinand’s wife Ellison Rebecca has died following a short battle with cancer. The QPR defender revealed in a statement released on the club’s website that his wife passed away aged 35 on Friday [May 1] night in hospital.

“My soul mate slipped away last night. Rebecca, my wonderful wife, passed away peacefully after a short battle with cancer at the Royal Marsden Hospital in London,” he said.

“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.

“Our grief, as a family, is total. We would appreciate being allowed to mourn privately,” Ferdinand added.

The couple married in 2009 in a private ceremony in the Caribbean, and have three children together aged nine, six, and four.

A number of tributes were paid to the former England captain, who joined QPR at the start of the season after leaving Manchester United, with his team-mates, fellow professional footballers and fans all sending messages support at a difficult time.

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