Rio Ferdinand posts touching family photo following emotional documentary on the death of his wife

Callum Davis
Rio Ferdinand is currently enjoying a family holiday in Paris  - Instagram @Ferdy 

Rio Ferdinand has thanked his fans and followers for all their support after his heartfelt documentary on coping with the loss of his wife aired on Tuesday evening.

The former Manchester United defender was inundated with praise and positive messages after opening up on him and his family's battle to cope with the death of Rebecca Ellison - who died of breast cancer in 2015.

Ferdinand was lauded for his bravery in the programme which aired on BBC One last Tuesday.

The 38-year-old is currently enjoying a holiday in Paris with his three children Lorenz, Tate and Tia.

Rio Ferdinand and his wife Rebecca, who lost her battle with cancer in 2015 Credit: PA 

Ferdinand posted a picture to Instagram, writing: "Thank you for all your messages, care and support, it's been overwhelming.

"Going through this process has allowed my kids and myself to begin taking steps forward in a positive direction.

"I would like to say a big thank you to my family and friends, everyone who helped make the doc [documentary], in particular Child Bereavement UK and Jigsaw who have been vital in this process," he added.

A number of famous faces from the world of sport and television commended Ferdinand for his brutal honesty in 'Being Mum and Dad.'

Phillip Schofield tweeted: "That was amazing. You'll have helped so many people."

Comedian John Bishop said he had "total respect" for Ferdinand, adding it was "moving and informative and something that will help others I am sure".

The 38-year-old says he hopes the programme will help people understand the importance of processing the grief and trauma of losing a loved one. 


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