Former England captain Andrew Strauss announced terrible news today that his wife Ruth Strauss has passed away after a year of being diagnosed by lung cancer at the age of 46.
Strauss stepped down from the role at the ECB in October last year after his wife was diagnosed with a rare form of Cancer. She leaves behind two sons two sons – Sam, 13, and Luca, 10.
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.
“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.
In honour of his wife, Andrew Strauss said that his family would be launching a foundation to help others affected by cancer.
“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.”
Twitter poured down their love and heartfelt message for the former English captain and his family.
The thoughts of everyone at Yorkshire CCC are with Andrew Strauss and his family at this desperately sad time.
— Yorkshire CCC (@YorkshireCCC) December 29, 2018
My brother in law and nephew got to play with Andrew Strauss at the Grove a couple of years ago. Andrew couldn’t have been nicer to my then 9 year old nephew, generous with his time, encouragement & praise. So sorry to hear about the passing of his wife – so sad #RIPRuth
— Luke Donald (@LukeDonald) December 29, 2018
All our thoughts and prayers are with Andrew Strauss and his family. Rest in peace, Ruth.
— Jonathan Agnew (@Aggerscricket) December 29, 2018
Deepest sympathy to Andrew Strauss and his family on the sad loss of his wife Ruth.
Taken so young.
Thoughts are with Andrew and his family at this sad time.
— JFT96 (@RedAlert1963) December 29, 2018
From a report in the Mail last year on former England cricket captain Andrew Strauss and his wife Ruth. The mother-of-two has died aged 46. This extract says a lot about her and about perspective pic.twitter.com/iuoCMds8s3
— Francis Keogh (@HonestFrank) December 29, 2018
RIP Ruth Strauss, who has died of a rare lung cancer. Andrew Strauss says in a statement that it gave "us huge comfort that she was in Australia, the land of her birth, surrounded by those who love her, in her final moments".
— Lawrence Booth (@the_topspin) December 29, 2018
Truly sad. Thoughts with the Strauss family. https://t.co/AfUPvQ8C4y
— Andy May (@andymay) December 29, 2018
Our sincere condolences to Andrew Strauss and family today, such sad and unimaginable news. Lots of love to you all❤️
— Tommy Fleetwood (@TommyFleetwood1) December 29, 2018
Heartbreaking day for Andrew Strauss and his family. #RIP Ruth, all my thoughts with the Strauss family today
— Greg Boon (@AshesRugbyGuy) December 29, 2018
I feel so desperately sorry for Andrew Strauss and his family. Awful to lose a partner and parent so very young. 😔
— Martin White (@martinwwhite72) December 29, 2018
@AndrewStrauss so very sorry for your loss, thoughts are with you and your family at this sad time 😢
— Jackie (@Wild3J) December 29, 2018
Very distressed to hear the news of Andrew Strauss’s beloved wife, Ruth, who sadly passed away at the tender age of 46. We all send our heart-felt condolences to Andrew and his children – devasting news – RIP
— David Buik (@truemagic68) December 29, 2018
The thoughts and prayers of everyone at Essex County Cricket Club are with Andrew Strauss and his family at this tragic time.
— Essex Cricket (@EssexCricket) December 29, 2018
'I will miss her terribly': Andrew Strauss's wife, 46, dies from cancer pic.twitter.com/1J4Qg5GsrL
— ShamelNews (@NewsShamel) December 29, 2018
Our deepest sympathies to Andrew Strauss and his family following the passing of his wife Ruth after a battle with lung cancer.
Strauss has said in a statement: "It gave us huge comfort that she was in Australia, the land of her birth, surrounded by those who loved her." pic.twitter.com/M00NeGg1K5
— The Cricket Paper (@TheCricketPaper) December 29, 2018
Awful that 😞
‘I will miss her terribly': Andrew Strauss's wife dies from cancer aged 46 pic.twitter.com/XUmg1swk7s
— Brian Kenny (@BrianLFCKenny) December 29, 2018
Really sad news about Andrew Strauss' wife. 46 is just far too young. One fucking bastard evil disease is cancer
— Amy (@blue_nose_amy) December 29, 2018
Thoughts with Andrew Strauss and his family. Very sad news about his wife passing away. Life is very unfair sometimes.
— Mark Hebden (@unionlib) December 29, 2018
Oh no – Awful news, thoughts with Andrew Strauss and boys. RIP Ruth
— AndyH (@andyhspain) December 29, 2018
Andrew Strauss was absolutely brilliant when he played for @englandcricket and the news of his wife dying at such a young age is desperately sad. Love to all ❤️
— Alec Wilson (@Alec1308) December 29, 2018