Rio Ferdinand wife dies @34

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.

Here 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

'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 and friends"
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