Rio Ferdinand’s Wife Dies From Cancer

Rio Ferdinand’s Wife Dies From Cancer

The footballer confirms Rebecca Ellison, mother to his three children, “passed away peacefully” on Friday night.

Former England footballer Rio Ferdinand has confirmed that his wife, Rebecca Ellison, has died from cancer.

The Queen’s Park Rangers defender said his “wonderful wife” passed away peacefully at the Royal Marsden Hospital in London after a short illness.

In a statement, the 36-year-old added: “My soulmate slipped away last night. She was a fantastic, loving mother to our three beautiful children.

Rio Ferdinand and Rebecca Ellison

Rio Ferdinand and Rebecca Ellison

“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.”

The London club added: “The thoughts of everyone at Queens Park Rangers Football Club are with Rio and his family at this immensely difficult time.”

Ferdinand’s former club Manchester United, where he played for more than a decade, said: “Everybody’s thoughts at Manchester United are with Rio Ferdinand today, whose wife sadly passed away last night.”
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