TIFFANY YOUNGS, the wife of former England rugby union star Tom, has died following a brave, eight-year cancer battle.
Tiffany was diagnosed with Hodgkin Lymphoma – a type of blood cancer – in 2014.
She battled the illness for three years before being told it was terminal.
Youngs' former club, Leicester Tigers, confirmed the tragic news on their website.
A statement read: "Leicester Tigers are deeply saddened by the news that Tiffany Youngs has passed away after her heroic battle with illness.
"On behalf of everybody at the club, we send our condolences to the Youngs and Sands families.
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"The club will be providing no further details and asks that the Youngs and Sands families have their privacy respected at this time."
Tiffany leaves behind 28-cap former England international husband Tom, 35, and daughter Maisie.
A host of elite rugby clubs passed on their best wishes, while fans were quick to pay tribute to brave Tiffany.
One tweeted: "Desperately sad news about such a brave lady.
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"The length of Tiff's life has been unbearably short but the width is measured by the hearts she's touched and the good that she's done.
"I hope that will eventually bring some comfort to Tom, Maisie and the family. Rest in peace."
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