'My Soulmate Slipped Away' - Soccer Star Rio Ferdinand's Wife Has Died In Hospital 7 years ago

'My Soulmate Slipped Away' - Soccer Star Rio Ferdinand's Wife Has Died In Hospital

Footballer Rio Ferdinand has revealed that his wife has passed away from cancer.

The Queen's Park Rangers star married Rebecca Ellison in 2009 and the couple have three children together.

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However, it's understood that Ellison was diagnosed with cancer and passed away this week following a short battle with the disease.

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In a statement, Ferdinand said that his family's grief was "total" and paid tribute to her as an "inspiration".

"My soulmate slipped away last night. 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.

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"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."