Man United stars send heartfelt messages to Rio Ferdinand

Wayne Rooney is among the Manchester United players to send his condolences to Rio Ferdinand after his wife Rebecca died on Friday

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Rio Ferdinand and his late wife Rebecca Photo: Rio Ferdinand

Wayne Rooney and Chris Smalling were among the Manchester United players to send their condolences to Rio Ferdinand after the defender’s wife Rebecca tragically died after a short battle with cancer.

The 36-year-old confirmed that his partner had passed away on Friday night via a statement on Queens Park Rangers’ website, prompting an outpouring of messages from his friends and former team-mates on social media.

Rebecca, who married Ferdinand in 2009, leaves behind three children with the former England international – Lorenz, Tate and Tia.

“Thoughts are with Rio Ferdinand and his family. How dreadfully sad,” Gary Lineker tweeted.

Wayne Rooney tweeted: “Devastated to hear about Rebecca. My prayers are with Rio and his family at this sad time.”

Manchester United paid their respects by tweeting on their official account: “Everybody’s thoughts at mufc are with Rio Ferdinand today, whose wife sadly passed away last night.”

United striker Radamel Falcao tweeted: “All my thoughts and prayers for @rioferdy5 and his family in this sad moment. Be strong, my friend.”

Phil Jones also sent his condolences to Ferdinand, tweeting: “Deepest condolences to @rioferdy5 and his family at this difficult time. Stay strong mate.”

Chris Smalling wrote: “Incredibly sad news. My thoughts and prayers are with @rioferdy5 and his young family. #RIP”

Ferdinand said in a statement: “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.”

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