Rio Ferdinand has revealed that his mum has tragically died of cancer just two years after his wife died the same way.
Janice St. Fort, the mother of both Rio and Anton, died earlier today at the age of 58 with her family around her bedside.
Back in 2015, the England footballer’s wife, Rebecca Ellis, also died of cancer when she was just 34-years-old, reports the Daily Mail.
A statement issued by Rio, Anton and the family reads:
We are heartbroken to announce that our amazing mum Janice passed away today after an ongoing battle with cancer.
She was an inspiration to us all and was loved by everyone who knew her. She died at Guy’s Cancer Unit, London Bridge Hospital, with her loving husband Peter and us, her four children, at her bedside.
She was a devoted mother to us all, and she was the most incredible grandmother to our children.
The whole family are devastated. Our mum was the centre and the heart of our family and has supported us all through many difficult times, always with a smile on her face. Her strength and courage, as well as her great sense of humour and immense kindness, were never-ending.
‘We would like to thank all the staff at Guy’s Cancer Unit for looking after our mum so well during her illness especially Marta and Joanna as well as everyone who has sent kind wishes to us all during this difficult time.
Rest in peace.
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