West Ham United tweet support to Ferdinand as he opens up about tragedy

West Ham United sent support to their former player Rio Ferdinand in the form of a tweet on Tuesday night when a documentary about the death of his wife aired on the BBC.

The retired defender, who came through the Hammers’ academy ranks before leaving in 2000, discussed his grief and how he struggled to cope following the passing of his partner Rebecca.

The documentary ‘Ferdinand: Being Mum and Dad’ gave viewers an insight into the part of the ex-footballer’s life that is rarely seen in a bid to help others cope with similar grief.

Rebecca Ferdinand passed away after a battle with breast cancer in May 2015 at the age of just 34, and left behind sons Lorenz, 10, Tate, 8, and five-year-old daughter Tia.

Ferdinand, who spent 12 years of his career playing for Manchester United, has received an outpouring of support for his honesty and openness in the documentary.

As well as West Ham’s official Twitter page, plenty of viewers sent messages of support to the former player, who now works as a TV pundit for BT Sport.