Rio Ferdinand’s beloved mum has died after a battle with cancer – just two years after the England and Manchester United legend lost his wife.

Janice St Fort passed away today aged just 58. It comes just two years after wife Rebecca Ellison also died of the disease in 2015. And it will be a crushing blow for the former West Ham, Leeds, Manchester United and QPR defender who had previously hailed Janice as a “supermum”.

A statement issued by Rio, Anton and the family described Mrs St Fort as a “devoted mother” and “an inspiration”. “We are heartbroken to announce that our amazing mum Janice passed away today after an ongoing battle with cancer,” said the statement. “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.”

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