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Wife Of Rio Ferdinand Dies From Cancer

The wife of former Manchester United and England captain Rio Ferdinand has died from cancer.

The QPR defender, 36, released a statement saying his “wonderful wife and soul mate” Rebecca Ellison had “passed away peacefully” at a London hospital.

Ms Ellison, 34, who married Ferdinand in 2009, had breast cancer.

She leaves behind three children, Lorenz, nine, Tate, six, and four-year-old Tia.

In a statement, Ferdinand said she died on Friday night.

“Rebecca, my wonderful wife, passed away peacefully after a short battle with cancer at the Royal Marsden Hospital in London,” the footballer said on QPR’s website.

“She was a fantastic loving mother to our three beautiful children. She will be missed as a wife, sister, aunt, daughter and granddaughter. She will live on in our memory, as a guide and inspiration.

“Myself, my parents Janice and Julian, along with Rebecca’s parents Lesley and Stephen, would like to thank our families, friends and my club colleagues who have rallied around in these desperate days, weeks and months.”

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Author Ruth Rendell Dies

Ruth Rendell was a leading member of the generation of writers who took crime fiction and turned it into literature.

In a career spanning 50 years, she wrote more than 60 novels, as well as serving as a Labour member of the House of Lords.

Her most famous creation was Inspector Wexford, who appeared in 24 books.

But she also wrote more than two dozen standalone novels, and a further 14 under the pen-name Barbara Vine – an amalgam of her middle name and her great grandmother’s maiden name.

Ruth Barbara Grasemann was born in 1930, in South Woodford in Essex, the only child of Ebba Kruse, who had been born in Sweden and brought up in Denmark, and Arthur Grasemann, who was English.

Her childhood was reputedly unhappy, but she rarely spoke of it in interviews, just as she refused to talk about the mystery of her marriage and divorce. She wed Don Rendell, a journalist, in 1953; the couple divorced in 1975 but remarried two years later. They had one son.

Rendell herself started out as a journalist on a local Essex newspaper, but resigned after filing a story about an after-dinner speech in which she failed to report that the speaker dropped dead halfway through – she hadn’t been there.

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Prince William Happy On The Birth Of A Daughter

The Duke of Cambridge has said he is “very happy” following the birth of his second child – a daughter.

The Duchess of Cambridge gave birth at 08:34 BST, with the child weighing 8lbs 3oz (3.7kg).

Prince William spoke briefly to crowds waiting outside the hospital as he left to visit his son, Prince George.

Town Crier Announces Birth Of Royal Baby

The birth of the Duchess of Cambridge’s daughter in London was announced by unofficial Town Crier Tony Appleton.

The baby – who is fourth in line to the throne – was “safely delivered” at 08:34 BST, the palace said in a statement.

The Duke of Cambridge was present for the birth of the baby, who weighs 8lbs 3oz.