Coleen and Wayne Rooney have both shared emotional tributes on social media for Coleen’s late sister Rosie, who would have been 19 years old yesterday.
Both football star Wayne and his wife took to Instagram to post touching messages and photos to commemorate Coleen’s younger sister Rosie, who lost her battle with Rett Syndrome back in 2013.
On what would have been Rosie’s 19th birthday, Wayne, who has been married to Coleen for nine years, shared a sweet snap admitting he misses ‘this face everyday’.
Pictured sitting on a sofa in what looks to be a homey environment, Wayne is playfully holding a young looking Rosie in his arms. Rosie is shown to be looking up at her brother-in-law smiling, wearing a pink tracksuit and sweet plaits in her hair.
Wayne captioned the photo wishing Rosie a happy birthday, complete with a love heart and an angel emoji. He said, ‘Miss this face every day. Happy Birthday Rosie ❤️😇’.
Fans flooded the image with support, wishing Rosie a happy birthday and offering their condolences to Wayne.
One social media user commented, ‘God bless Rosie x rest in peace beautiful angel’ whilst another said, ‘Lovely rosie resting in heaven’.
Coleen also shared a beautiful photo to Instagram to wish her sister a happy birthday, showing her sitting in a pink chair and calling Rosie an ‘angel’.
The sweet snap captures the teenager looking cheerful and sitting upright in a chair, wearing a patterned jumper with plaits in her hair. Coleen chose a sweet and short caption, writing: ‘Happy Birthday to our Angel Rosie 💞😇😘’.
Rett Syndrome is a rare disorder that affects the brain’s development, and results in severe mental and physical disability. Rosie battled with the illness throughout her life before passing away on 5th January 2013.
At the time Coleen was on holiday in Barbados with her younger brothers Joe and Anthony, but returned because of news that her sister’s condition was worsening.
After Rosie passed away her family released a statement which read, ‘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.’