Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand lost his better-half Rebecca after she lost her battle to cancer at the Royal Marsden Hospital in London on Saturday.
His club, Queens Park Rangers (QRP), issued a statement on his behalf on their official website which read:
â€œMy 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.
â€œShe 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.
â€œMyself, my parents Janice and Julian, along with Rebeccaâ€™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.
â€œI 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 Rebeccaâ€™s all-too-short life will not be forgotten.
â€œOur grief, as a family, is total. We would appreciate being allowed to mourn privately.â€™
â€œThe thoughts of everyone at Queens Park Rangers Football Club are with Rio and his family at this immensely difficult time.