'Lowest of the low' - Rio Ferdinand subjected to vile online abuse following wife's death
Rio Ferdinand has been subjected to vile Twitter abuse following the death of his wife Rebecca (34) from breast cancer.
A number of trolls took the website to tweet abuse at Ferdinand in relation to the tragic loss of his young wife, only three months after being diagnosed with breast cancer.
One vicious troll wrote that "Rio's wife dying is better than winning the Premier League", while another wrote that Rebecca's death was "karma", for "accus(ing) an innocent man of racism".
The shocking tweets have been condemned by hordes of Twitter users.
The footballer lost his "soulmate" this past weekend.
I hope these Twitter trolls get prosecuted over the messages to @rioferdy5, these people are the scumbags of the earth.— stingingbrettle (@BrettRobinson82) May 6, 2015
Ferdinand confirmed his wife's passing in a statement posted on QPR's website on Saturday morning.
"My soulmate slipped away last night," he said.
"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."