Former England skipper Andrew Strauss’ wife Ruth, who had been diagnosed from a rare form of lung cancer, passed away on Saturday, the family announced in a statement.
Ruth, 46, hailed from Australia and had been suffering from a rare form of lung cancer since 2017. She had been diagnosed with the disease in her home country.
“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,” a statement as quoted by AFP said. The statement was issued by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) on behalf of the Strauss family.
“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.”
Strauss had announced in October that he will permanently step down from his role as England’s national director of cricket following a period of compassionate leave. He had earlier taken a break from the position last year when his wife was first diagnosed and had begun her first course of treatment.
The bereaved family also thanked the medical team for their enormous support and also assured that they would help others suffering from the same disease.
“Ruth desperately wanted to help those affected by this terrible disease,” added the statement.
“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.”