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Rio Ferdinand's sister thanks public for 'love and support'

Rio Ferdinand pictured with wife Rebecca Ellison in February this year. Credit: PA

Rio Ferdinand's sister has thanked the public for the "love and support" the family has received since the death of the footballer's wife Rebecca on Friday.

The defender announced he his "soulmate had slipped away" following a short battle with cancer in a statement issued by his club, QPR.

His younger sister Sian wrote on Twitter the family wanted to say a "huge thank you" for the kind messages since the news broke adding "it hasn't gone unnoticed".

Man Utd fans applaud for Rio in fifth minute

Manchester United fans applauded in the fifth minute and sang Rio Ferdinand's name as they paid tribute to his late wife during the game with West Brom.

The players are also wearing black armbands in memory of Rebecca Ellison who died after a short battle with cancer.

QPR's Fer pays tribute to Rio Ferdinand and family

QPR midfielder had a special message for Rio Ferdinand and his family after he scored against Liverpool today.

Ferdinand's wife passed away after a short battle with cancer.

Sheree Murphy 'saddened' by death of Ferdinand's wife

Former Emmerdale actress and wife of footballer Harry Kewell, Sheree Murphy, has said she is "so shocked and saddened" to hear of Rebecca Ellison's death.

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