Pop singer Cheryl Cole has joined the list of well wishers sending messages of condolence to QPR player Rio Ferdinand after the death of his wife Rebecca Ellison who lost her life to cancer after a short battle with the disease on Friday.
The Girls Aloud Singer added her voice to the outpouring of empathy after the news broke this morning tweeting,
So tragically sad to hear about Rebecca Ferdinand. My prayers are with @rioferdy5 their children, family & friends at this sad time 🙏🏼
— Cheryl (@CherylOfficial) May 2, 2015
Ferdinand’s former club Manchester United also posted messages of support as well as Arsenal football clubs.
So sad to hear about the loss in the @rioferdy5 family. Deepest condolences.
— Peter Odemwingie (@OdemwingieP) May 2, 2015
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) May 2, 2015
The 36-year-old released a statement on the QPR website confirming the news that his wife and mother of his three kids had passed away ‘peacefully’ on Friday night after battling breast cancer at the Royal Marsden Hospital in London.
“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.”
He also paid tribute to the efforts of the staff at the hospital.
“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 Clark at the Royal Marsden. Their valiant efforts to prolong Rebecca’s all-too-short life will not be forgotten.”
Rebecca, 34 married Ferdinand in 2009. She leaves behind three children Lorenz, nine, Tate, six, and four-year-old Tia.