Coleen Rooney has taken to social media to post a touching tribute to her late sister Rosie, five years after her death.
The mum, who’s currently expecting her fourth child, shared a picture of a light display spelling out her sister’s name in lit-up letters, captioning the picture with a simple ‘💗’.
Fans of the mum-of-three replied to Coleen’s post to offer their support on the anniversary of Rosie’s death.
One said: ‘Thinking of u and your family today. Rosie was a special person who I know made the lives of ppl she met brighter.’
Another wrote: ‘Big hugs today and hope today is as gentle as it can be. She is looking over you ever day xxx’
A third also commented: ‘Thinking of you and your family, My sister passed away in 1981 she had downs and all that goes with it, we still mark the anniversaries and birthdays every year xx’
Rosie passed away aged just 14 years old, after a lifelong battle with Rett syndrome, a rare brain disorder that causes severe disabilities.
At the time, Coleen’s family released a statement saying: ‘Sadly our special angel Rosie, our much-loved daughter and sister, went to Heaven at 2.50 this morning at home where she was surrounded by her loving family.
‘Rosie was just 14 years old and fought a lifelong battle with Rett syndrome. Throughout her life she brought so much love and happiness to all our family and everyone who knew and met her.
‘She was such a strong little girl and an inspiration to us all. We shall cherish for ever the memories we have shared and the love she showed us each and every day of her life. As a family we are heartbroken but we are blessed to have had her in our lives.’
Coleen was incredibly close to her adopted sister, and picked her to be the chief bridesmaid at her wedding with Wayne Rooney in 2008.
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She was taken in as a foster child by Coleen’s parents when she was two, and although they knew she was disabled, they weren’t aware of the extent of her condition – she was only properly diagnosed a year later.
‘It took pretty much a year for Rosie to be diagnosed and, looking back, I can see how much Mum pushed to find out what was wrong with her and to try to do what was best for her’, Coleen said in a an exclusive article for the Daily Mail in 2006.