Strauss’ wife Ruth passes away suffering lung cancer
Former England captain stepped down as cricket board director to care for his wife.
Ruth Strauss, the wife of the former England cricket captain Andrew Strauss, has died aged 46 after suffering from a rare form of lung cancer.
On Saturday, in a statement released via England and Wales Cricket Board, Strauss deeply mourned for the loss, stated how he and the couple’s two children will miss her.
“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,” Strauss said.
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 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,” Strauss added.