Rebecca Ellison (born December 05, 1980 – died May 02, 2015) is a British Homemaker, Famous Personality, and Sportsperson Partner from London. Rio Ferdinand lost his wife, Rebecca Ellison, to breast cancer in 2015. magazine, has been … He filmed a documentary, Being Mum and Dad, earlier this year about how he and his three children have coped with grief. From his mother’s side he is of Irish decent and Saint Lucian from his father’s side. She is best-known as a long-term girlfriend and later spouse of Rio Ferdinand (English former professional footballer). The stunning star, 28, who this weekend married former footballer Rio Ferdinand in a luxurious ceremony covered exclusively by OK! Unfortunately, Rebecca passed away on May 2015 due to breast cancer and it was an emotional time for the footballer. Rio Ferdinand Net Worth $75 Million Although born in Camberwell, Rio grew up in Peckham in a large family. Rio was previously married to Rebecca and the couple was blessed with three children Tate, Lorenz Ferdinand & Tia Ferdinand.