Ruth Strauss, the wife of former England captain Andrew Strauss, has died following a brave battle with cancer.
Strauss, 46, was diagnosed with a rare form of lung cancer last December, and her husband subsequently stepped down from his role at the ECB in October after three-and-a-half years.
They had two sons – Sam and Luca – after marrying in 2003.
Andrew Strauss said it gave the family “huge comfort” that his wife had died in Australia, where she was born.
A statement from him released via the England and Wales Cricket Board on Saturday 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.”
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