A professional footballer, Josh Vickers, has been left heartbroken after his wife died just three months after their wedding.
The former Arsenal star, 27, tied the knot with his wife, Laura, back in June. However, tragedy has since struck for the young couple after she passed away last week.
Vickers has since taken to Instagram earlier today (September 24) to share a heartfelt statement about Laura to his fans.
The footballer began: “I have written and unwritten this so many times and still can’t find the right words to say and don’t know if I ever will.”
The footballer went on to explain his lost wife to a ‘long battle against cancer’ on Tuesday evening (September 19).
The tribute continued: “Laura is the strongest, bravest and most loving person I have ever met.”
“Even though everything she was going through, she continued to smile, never letting anything get in the way of having a good time and making a lifetime of memories.”
“We have cried, laughed and danced our way through some tough times.”
Vickers continued, saying he will ‘cherish every moment’ the pair spent together from the ‘the first time’ they met to the moment she ‘peacefully passed’.
“I know that you will be looking down on me and continuing to inspire me every day,” he added.
The Derby goalkeeper concluded: “Thank you to everyone that has supported myself and both families through this incredibly difficult time.”
“Truly fortunate to have the most amazing family and friends!”
“I Love You Always & Forever.”
The Derby team has since let their fellow teammate know he’s in their thoughts, after holding up his ‘Vickers 31’ shirt during yesterday’s match against Carlisle after he missed the game for personal reasons.
“We’re all with you mate,” wrote Derby forward Martyn Waghorn on Instagram.
Arsenal’s official Instagram page commented under Vickers’ post: “We’re all thinking of you, Josh.”
Michelle White, the photographer who captured the image Vickers uploaded as a tribute for Laura, penned: “My heart is truly broken for you.
“I can’t imagine the heartache you’re feeling. Your beautiful wedding day, your wonderful wife and the love you both had for one another will forever be one that I’ll always remember.”
She added: “Thank you for allowing me to capture the most special day, and as many memories we squeezed into that day! I am truly grateful I could do this for you.
“Sending you all the love and strength in the world. Rest well our beautiful girl.”