Rio Ferdinand releases statement after his wife Rebecca dies: ‘My soul mate slipped away last night’

Rio Ferdinand's wife, Rebecca, passed away after a short battle with cancer.


by Maria Vallahis |
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Rebecca Ellison, the wife of former Manchester United footballer Rio Ferdinand has passed away after a short battle with cancer.

Rio, who now plays for Queens Park Rangers, released a statement saying:

"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."

Rio's heartfelt statement was released on QPR's website.

Our deepest condolences go out to Rio and his family at this time.

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