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Former Manchester United player, Rio Ferdinand is mourning after losing his mother to cancer which claimed his wife’s life a few years ago.
Janice St Fort and her son Rio Ferdinand
Rio Ferdinand’s mother has died from cancer, less than two years after the footballer lost his wife to the same disease, The EveningStandard reported.
The Ferdinand’s mother identified as Janice St Fort died aged 58 in London Bridge hospital on Thursday following a battle with cancer, the family said in a statement.
Rio, brother Anton and the family said: “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.”
The former England captain, 38, was left devastated by the death of his wife Rebecca Ellison in 2015.
He filmed a moving BBC documentary titled ‘Being mum and dad’ in which he opened up on his struggle to move on from the loss and be a role model for their children.
The defender was born and raised by his mother in Peckham, south London.
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