Wayne Rooney’s teen sister-in-law dies of rare genetic disorder

London, Jan 6: Coleen Rooney’s 14-year-old sister Rosie McLoughlin has died after a lifelong battle with a rare genetic disorder.

McLoughlin, who had Rett syndrome, died at her home in Liverpool in the early hours of Saturday morning surrounded by her family, a family spokesman said.

A statement issued on behalf of Coleen, her husband, Wayne, and the rest of Rosie’s family, said that they had been left “heartbroken” by the teenager’s death.

The family thanked staff at Liverpool’s Alder Hey Hospital and Claire House Children’s Hospice in Wirral, Merseyside, where Rosie was treated and asked for privacy at this “sad and difficult time”.

Rosie’s illness inspired adopted sister Coleen and Wayne to help raise funds for sick, disadvantaged and disabled children.

The couple apparently told guests at their wedding that instead of gifts they wanted donations to Claire House Children’s Hospice and Alder Hey Children’s Hospital. (ANI)