HEARTBROKEN Derby star Josh Vickers has revealed his wife has tragically died of cancer just three months after their wedding.
Taking to his Instagram page, Vickers released a heartfelt tribute to wife, Laura.
In his emotional post, the 27-year-old ex-Arsenal star said: “I have written and unwritten this so many times and still can’t find the right words to say and don’t know if I ever will.
“On Tuesday evening my wife lost her long battle against cancer….”
“Laura is the strongest, bravest and most loving person I have ever met.
“Even though everything she was going through, she continued to smile, never letting anything get in the way of having a good time and making a lifetime of memories.
“We have cried, laughed and danced our way through some tough times.
“I will cherish every moment we spent together from the first time we meet to the moment you peacefully passed.”
Vickers and Laura got engaged in June last year and got married 12 months later.
He added: “I know that you will be looking down on me and continuing to inspire me every day.
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“Thank you to everyone that has supported myself and both families through this incredibly difficult time.
“Truly fortunate to have the most amazing family and friends!
“I Love You Always & Forever 🤍.”
Derby stars paid tribute to Vickers by holding his shirt aloft during yesterday’s match against Carlisle after he missed the game for personal reasons.
His team-mates warmed up with “Josh 31” on the front of their tops.
When James Collins opened the scoring, players held up the goalkeepers shirt.
Vickers came through the Arsenal Academy but left to join Swansea in 2015 having not made a single first team appearance for the Gunners.
He then joined Barnet on loan before sealing a free transfer to Lincoln.
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After his contract expired he joined Rotherham in 2020, before signing for Derby in the summer.
In a statement, Derby said: “We are right behind you, @JoshVickers1
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