- Rebecca Ferdinand died last night after a short battle against cancer
- The 35-year-old mother-of-three died in the Royal Marsden Hospital
- Rio announced the tragic news saying his ‘soulmate’ passed away
- The QPR defender praised his club and colleagues for their support
Darren Boyle for MailOnline
04:28 EST, 2 May 2015
05:15 EST, 2 May 2015
Former England defender Rio Ferdinand said this morning that his ‘soulmate slipped away last night’ announcing the death of his wife Rebecca.
The 35-year-old mother of three died at the Royal Marsden Hospital in London following a short battle with cancer.
The QPR defender announced the tragic news on the club’s website this morning.
Former England defender Rio Ferdinand, right, announced the death of his wife Rebecca, left, this morning
Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand announced his wife Rebecca, left, died this morning
The QPR defender released a statement today on the club’s official website.
He said: ‘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.’
A spokesman for QPR said the thoughts of everyone at the club are with Rio at this ‘immensely difficult time’.
Rebecca is the mother of the couple’s three children, Lorenz, nine, Tate, six, and four-year-old Tia.
Former England captain and Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker led the tributes saying ‘thoughts are with Rio Ferdinand and his family. How dreadfully sad’.
Former England cricketer Michael Vaughan posted: ‘Incredibly sad news…Thinking of you @rioferdy5 and your young family.’
While TV presenter Eamonn Holmes wrote: ‘Such sad news to wake up to ..The Death of @rioferdy5 ‘s wife Rebecca after a short fight with Cancer. Condolences.’