Cancer claims life of former cricketer’s wife Ruth
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.
Former England cricket captain Andrew Strauss and wife Ruth in 2011. She has died from a rare lung cancer in Australia