Jonas Gutierrez has sent a message of support to Rio Ferdinand, the QPR player and his three children tragically losing their wife/mother to cancer.

Rebecca Ellison died earlier today after battling breast cancer and leaves behind three children: Lorenz, Tate and and Tia; ages nine, six and four.

Jonas sent the following message of support to Rio Ferdinand and his family via Twitter:

“So sorry about the news of your wife, my thoughts and wishes are with you and your family.”

Rio Ferdinand having released the following statement after his wife sadly lost her battle against the terrible disease:

“Rebecca, my wonderful wife, passed away peacefully after a short battle with cancer at the Royal Marsden Hospital in London.

“She was a fantastic loving mother to our three beautiful children. She will be missed as a wife, sister, aunt, daughter and granddaughter. She will live on in our memory, as a guide and inspiration.

“Myself, my parents Janice and Julian, along with Rebecca’s parents Lesley and Stephen, would like to thank our families, friends and my club colleagues who have rallied around in these desperate days, weeks and months.

“I would also like to express my gratitude for the dedication and expertise of the staff led by Professors Johnstone and Clarke at the Royal Mardsen. Their valiant efforts to prolong Rebecca’s all-too-short life will not be forgotten.

“Our grief, as a family, is total. We would appreciate being allowed to mourn privately.”