Cricket world in mourning after Ruth Strauss, wife of former England skipper Andrew Strauss, passes away

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After battling cancer for months, Ruth Strauss, the wife of former England captain and Director of Cricket, Andrew Strauss, has died at the age of 46. She was first diagnosed with the rare lung cancer in December 2017. Strauss had quit his role after compassionate leave in October this year.
Andrew Strauss

In a statement, Andrew 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.”

The statement, put out by England and Wales Cricket Board or the ECB on behalf of Strauss, read, “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.”

They had two sons – Sam, 13, and Luca, 10 – after the couple got married in 2013. The statement also said that the family would soon launch a foundation to help others affected by cancer. Andrew Strauss said it gave the family huge comfort that his wife had died in Australia, the country of her birth.

Ruth’s death has sent the cricket world into mourning. Twitter has been replete with messages condoling her death.

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