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Andrew Strauss (R) his wife Ruth (AFP Photo)

Former England captain Andrew Strauss‘s wife Ruth Strauss has died at the age of 46 after losing battle with lung cancer.

Ruth was diagnosed with the disease in December 2017 following which her husband stepped down from the position of Director of England Cricket after three and a half years in the role.

She is survived by her husband and two children.

“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,” Strauss said in a statement.

“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.”