Former English skipper Andrew Strauss’ wife Ruth Strauss passed away on Saturday at the age of 46 after losing battle to lung cancer.
Strauss, who was the Director of England Cricket for three and a half years, stepped down from the position in December 2017 when Ruth was diagnosed with the disease.
She is survived by her husband and two children.
We will miss her terribly
In the statement released by Andrew Strauss, the former cricketer stressed on the important role Ruth, 46, played for the family. He also mentioned that she was with her whole family during the final moments of her life while adding that Ruth desperately wanted to help the ones who are suffering with the rare lung cancer.
“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 read according to The Telegraph.
“We would like to send our heartfelt thanks to those that have helped with her 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,” it further read.
Here are some of the tweets from the cricketing world:
Tragic news about the passing Of Ruth Strauss. Our thoughts and prayers are with Andrew and their family in this time of sorrow.
— Kumar Sangakkara (@KumarSanga2) December 29, 2018
Life just isn’t Fair … #RIPRuth
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) December 29, 2018
TWOLIDAY OVER to say that I’m absolutely gutted for the Strauss family.
Ruth was kind, generous & only thought about others.
Jess & I been thinking about them all eve and all morning.
So sorry, Straussy! 😢
It puts life into perspective in a BIG way! #RIPRuth
— Kevin Pietersen🦏 (@KP24) December 29, 2018
Everything is put into perspective though. Such sad news with the passing of Ruth Strauss. She was a wonderful lady and always had time for people. Thoughts are with Andrew and the boys x #RIPRuth
— matt maynard (@mattmaynard25) December 29, 2018
Straussy, my brother & friend, no words are enough but my heart and prayers goes to you, your family & friends at this difficult time. Stay strong. With much love and prayers!
إِنَّا لِلّهِ وَإِنَّـا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعُونَ pic.twitter.com/kK9C3BZRhd
— Mushtaq Ahmed (@Mushy_online) December 29, 2018
Oh my word
Just read the terrible news
RIP Ruth Strauss x
— Darren Gough (@DGoughie) December 29, 2018
Ruth Strauss has passed away from a rare form of lung cancer.
Our thoughts are with Andrew, his two sons Sam and Luca, and all the family at this time. pic.twitter.com/vvOcdPkBvz
— England's Barmy Army (@TheBarmyArmy) December 29, 2018