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.
— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) March 28, 2017
— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) March 28, 2017
— Dan Walker (@mrdanwalker) March 28, 2017
— otaobayomiolorunoje (@otaobayomi) March 28, 2017
Nothing but respect for @rioferdy5.
It's impossible to imagine how something like that feels until it happens to you.#BeingMumAndDad
— Jamboo (@JambooUK) March 28, 2017
— Brad Northcott (@Brad_Northcott) March 28, 2017
Rio is a proper man, respect #BeingMumAndDad
— Lee Harrison (@lee_harrison) March 28, 2017
— Jack (@jjxckk) March 28, 2017
If Rio inspires anyone to reach out to seek help & support from others then surely this documentary has been worthwhile #BeingMumAndDad
— Lauren (@laurenm5783) March 28, 2017
— Roman Road (@RomanRoadMusic) March 28, 2017