FORMER cricket star Andrew Strauss has spoken for the first time on how he and his family are coping since the death of his wife Ruth.
Tragically in December 2018, Ruth died from a rare form of lung cancer. She was just 46-years-old.
Speaking on ITV’s Lorraine, Strauss, who captained England for four years, spoke about how his selfless wife wanted “to do death well” and prepare their two sons for when it happened.
The 42-year-old revealed: “[Ruth] always talked about doing death well, talking to the kids so they knew what she was going through and they were well set up for life after her.
“She spent a lot of time and effort [while she was dying] and she had to be strong.”
Ruth was diagnosed with cancer in December 2017, and Strauss stood down from his role as England’s director of cricket to spend time with her.
The boys are very strong, they are adapting to a new life very well. They have a strong support network, it’s not just me
Former cricketer Andrew Strauss
The couple have two sons, Sam, 13, and Luca, 10, and all her family were with her when she passed away in Australia.
Strauss went on to describe how his “role” in the family has changed since his wife’s death, and how the boys are coping.
He added: “My relationship with the boys has changed since Ruth’s death I have a different role now.
“The boys are very strong, they are adapting to a new life very well.
“They have a strong support network, it’s not just me. It’s important to have that.
And alluding to how he got through those painful last moments, the sporting legend added: “We prepared each other as much as you could.”
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Strauss met Ruth in Sydney in 1998, and the couple went on to marry five years later.
And after captaining England to Ashes success over Australia in 2009, the Test star credited his wife for playing a major role in his success.
He has set up the Ruth Strauss Foundation that raises funds for rare forms of cancer and provides support to friends and families of those diagnosed.