Rebecca Ellison, wife of footballer Rio Ferdinand, dies




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The Guardian

Rebecca Ellison, the of the Queens Park Rangers and England defender Rio Ferdinand, has died of cancer, the player announced on .

She had been treated for cancer at the Royal Marsden, a specialist cancer London.

soulmate slipped away last night,” Ferdinand said a . “Rebecca, wonderful , passed away peacefully after a short battle with cancer at the Royal Marsden London. “She was a fantastic, loving mother our three beautiful children. She will be missed as a , sister, aunt, daughter and granddaughter. She will live on in our memory, as a guide and inspiration.”

Ellison, 34, had breast cancer, according BBC .

Ferdinand expressed gratitude the staff at the Royal Marsden . “Myself, parents Janice and Julian, along with Rebecca’s parents Lesley and Stephen, would like to thank our families, friends and club colleagues who have rallied around in these desperate days, weeks and months,” the continued.

“I would also like to express 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 , is total. We would appreciate being allowed to mourn privately.”

A QPR club added: “The thoughts of everyone at Queens Park Rangers are with Rio and his at this immensely difficult time.”

The couple were married in the summer of 2009 after Ferdinand had helped Manchester United a third successive title.

The club, where he won six titles and the Champions , were among those to pay their respects, saying: “Everybody’s thoughts at Manchester United are with Rio Ferdinand today, whose sadly passed away last night.” Former United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel wrote: “Really sad news that Rebecca Ellison, the of Rio Ferdinand has past away. My condolences to Rio, their their children and the . RIP”

Arsenal football club also said: “Very sad news about Rio Ferdinand’s wife Rebecca, who has sadly lost her battle with cancer. Rest in peace.”

She leaves behind three children, Lorenz, nine, Tate, six, and four-year-old Tia.