Rio Ferdinand has confirmed the heartbreaking news that his mum, Janice St Fort, 58, has died of cancer. His new rumoured girlfriend and TOWIE star Kate Wright has now shared a heartfelt tribute dedicated to her on Instagram.

Kate, 26, posted a touching image to her own account, which read: "Always loved, never forgotten, forever missed," on Thursday evening.

The moving tribute, posted to her 658,000 followers, was captioned: "She's Royal."

Rio and his mum, Janice. Credit: Rio Ferdinand Foundation

Fans posted kind messages to the family under the post, showing support for the former Manchester United footballer and his three young children.

One user wrote: "Devastated for Rio and his family. My thought are with you all," while another consoled: "Thinking of Rio and the children at this extremely sad time. Stay strong for them Katie."

The devastating news is made even more heart-wrenching, as Rio's wife, and his children's mum, Rebecca Ellison died of cancer too in 2015.

Rio, 38, has spoke about how he has coped with his wife's death, and being both a dad, and mum, to his children:

Credit: This Morning/ITV

Kate and Rio have only just confirmed their romance, posting almost identical images of Rio, Kate and his three children Tia, six, Tate, eight, and Lorenz, ten to their Instagram accounts.

Celebrities took to Twitter to show support for Rio and the family.

Such sad news, rest in peace Janice. Our hearts go out to the family.

Rachel Andrews

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