Cancer claims life of for­mer crick­eter’s wife Ruth

Wales On Sunday - - NEWS -

THE wife of for­mer Eng­land cricket cap­tain An­drew Strauss has died from cancer at the age of 46.

Strauss is­sued a short state­ment yes­ter­day con­firm­ing the death of his wife Ruth.

Ruth was di­ag­nosed with a rare form of lung cancer in De­cem­ber last year and Strauss stepped down from his role as Eng­land’s di­rec­tor of cricket.

Ruth died in Aus­tralia sur­rounded by her fam­ily. The cou­ple have two sons, Sam and Luca.

In a state­ment, Strauss said: “It is with great sad­ness and im­mense grief that we have to an­nounce that Ruth passed away to­day as a re­sult of her rare lung cancer.

“Sam, Luca and I will miss her ter­ri­bly.

“Any­one who has met Ruth will know how lov­ing, car­ing and pas­sion­ately pro­tec­tive she was of her fam­ily and it gives us huge com­fort that she was in Aus­tralia, the land of her birth, sur­rounded by those who love her, in her fi­nal mo­ments,” the state­ment added.

He said they will now be set­ting up a foun­da­tion to help other pa­tients and their fam­i­lies and to raise funds for re­search.

He said: “We would like to send our heart­felt thanks to those that have helped with Ruth’s treat­ment over the last 12 months, in par­tic­u­lar the won­der­ful team at Univer­sity Col­lege Hos­pi­tal in Lon­don.

“Ruth des­per­ately wanted to help those af­fected by this ter­ri­ble dis­ease and we will be launch­ing a foun­da­tion in due course to raise much needed funds to aid re­search and also to of­fer sup­port to pa­tients and their fam­i­lies.”

The cou­ple met in Syd­ney in 1998 and mar­ried in 2003.

JU­LIAN FIN­NEY

For­mer Eng­land cricket cap­tain An­drew Strauss and wife Ruth in 2011. She has died from a rare lung cancer in Aus­tralia

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