Andrew Strauss, a former England cricket captain, announced in early October he was standing down permanently as the national side’s director of cricket following a period of compassionate leave.
Ruth Strauss was diagnosed with cancer during the Ashes in December 2017 and he took a break from his position earlier this year after she began a new course of treatment.
A statement was issued by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) on behalf of the Strauss family in which it is said, “It is with great sadness and immense grief that we have to announce that Ruth passed away today as a result of her rare lung cancer.”
“Sam, Luca and I will miss her terribly.”
“Anyone who has met Ruth will know how loving, caring and passionately protective she was of her family and it gives us huge comfort that she was in Australia, the land of her birth, surrounded by those who love her, in her final moments.”
The Strauss family thanked the medical team who had treated her and said they would be helping others with the disease.
The statement also said, “Ruth desperately wanted to help those affected by this terrible disease.”
“We will be launching a foundation in due course to raise much needed funds to aid research and also to offer support to patients and their families.”