Former England captain and director of England cricket Andrew Strauss confirmed the passing of his wife Ruth Strauss on Saturday.
Mrs Strauss had been diagnosed with cancer last December.
The couple, who married in 2003, have two sons aged 13 and 10.
‘It is with great sadness and immense grief that we have to announce that Ruth passed away today as a result of her rare lung cancer.
‘Sam, Luca and I will miss her terribly.
‘Anyone who has met Ruth will know how loving, caring and passionately protective she was of her family and it gives us huge comfort that she was in Australia, the land of her birth, surrounded by those who love her, in her final moments.
‘We would like to send our heartfelt thanks to those that have helped with her treatment over the last 12 months, in particular the wonderful team at University College Hospital in London.
‘Ruth desperately wanted to help those affected by this terrible disease and we will be launching a foundation in due course to raise much needed funds to aid research and also to offer support to patients and their families.’
Tragic news about the passing Of Ruth Strauss. Our thoughts and prayers are with Andrew and their family in this time of sorrow.
— Kumar Sangakkara (@KumarSanga2) December 29, 2018
Ruth Strauss has passed away from a rare form of lung cancer.
Our thoughts are with Andrew, his two sons Sam and Luca, and all the family at this time. pic.twitter.com/vvOcdPkBvz
— England's Barmy Army (@TheBarmyArmy) December 29, 2018
RIP Ruth Strauss, who has died of a rare lung cancer. Andrew Strauss says in a statement that it gave "us huge comfort that she was in Australia, the land of her birth, surrounded by those who love her, in her final moments".
— Lawrence Booth (@the_topspin) December 29, 2018