Rio Ferdinand’s wife tragically dies after short battle with cancer
- Rio Ferdinand has released a statement on his wife’s tragic death
- Ferdinand and Rebecca have three young children together
- The pair married in 2009 during Ferdinand’s time at Manchester United
Rio Ferdinand’s wife Rebecca, 34, has tragically died after a short battle with cancer.
The 36-year-old has released the following statement on QPR’s website:
‘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.
‘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.
‘I would also like to express my gratitude for the dedication and expertise of the staff led by Professors Johnstone and Clarke at the Royal Marsden. Their valiant efforts to prolong Rebecca’s all-too-short life will not be forgotten.
‘Our grief, as a family, is total. We would appreciate being allowed to mourn privately.’
Rebecca, who married Ferdinand in 2009, leaves behind three children with the QPR defender – Lorenz, Tate and Tia.
A QPR spokesperson said: ‘The thoughts of everyone at Queens Park Rangers Football Club are with Rio and his family at this immensely difficult time.’
Manchester United also paid their respects by tweeting: ‘Everybody’s thoughts at mufc are with Rio Ferdinand today, whose wife sadly passed away last night.
Players past and present were also among those to pass on their condolences to the 36-year-old defender.
‘Thoughts are with Rio Ferdinand and his family. How dreadfully sad,’ Gary Lineker tweeted, while Ferdinand’s former Three Lions team-mate Peter Crouch wrote: ‘Thoughts with @rioferdy5 and his family.’
Former Aston Villa and England striker Dion Dublin added: ‘My thoughts are with @rioferdy5 his children and his family……. RIP Becky.’