The wife of footballer Rio Ferdinand has passed away following a short battle with cancer.
The Queens Park Rangers defender, 37, released a statement on Saturday (2 May) saying his "wonderful wife" Rebecca Ellison had "passed away peacefully" at the Royal Marsden Hospital in London.
The couple married in 2009 and have three children, aged nine, six and four.
"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 Johnston 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."
Ferdinand thanked two members of staff in his statement: Professor Stephen Johnston, an expert in breast cancer, and Professor Peter Clarke, a consultant surgeon.
A number of famous patients have been treated at the Royal Marsden including former Beatle George Harrison, singer Dusty Springfield and reality star Jade Goody.