Rebecca Ellison, the wife of Queens park Ranger (QPR) and England defender Rio Ferdinand has died following a short battle with cancer, he announced on Saturday.
Rio Ferdinand. Pic/AFP
Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand said in a statement, "My soulmate 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."
The couple married in 2009 when the 36-year-old played for Manchester United. He was at Old Trafford from 2002 to 2014 before joining Queens Park Rangers. He won 81 caps for England between 1997 and 2011.
"Everybody's thoughts at #mufc are with Rio Ferdinand today, whose wife sadly passed away last night," United said in a post on the club's official Twitter account.
QPR announced on Twitter that their players would all wear black armbands during their Premier League game at Liverpool on Saturday.