Rio Ferdinand’s Wife Dies From Breast Cancer


The wife of former Manchester
United and England captain Rio Ferdinand has died from cancer. The QPR
defender, 36, released a statement saying his “wonderful wife and soul
mate” Rebecca Ellison had “passed away peacefully” at a London
hospital. Ms Ellison, 34, who married Ferdinand in 2009, had breast cancer. She
leaves behind three children, Lorenz, nine, Tate, six, and four-year-old Tia.

Below is a touching statement the
footballer released after his wife passed on Friday night… So touching
‘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
‘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.’

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