Coleen Rooney has paid tribute to her late sister Rosie on the eight year anniversary of her death.
Rosie McLoughlin died at the age of 14 in 2016 after a battle with Rett syndrome, a rare brain disorder that causes severe disabilities.
Coleen shared a sweet black and white photo of her cuddling her young sister to Instagram today and said she wished her sons could have met her.
“8 years since our Rosie got her angel wings and flew to heaven to dance and run free. My boys speak about you all the time Ro, wish they all could have met you. Love and miss you every day ️,” said the mum.
Coleen had been in Barbados with her younger brothers, Joe and Anthony, in January 2016 when they were called to say that Rosie’s condition had detoriated.
The family immediately cut short their trip and rushed to be by the youngster’s side.
A statement from the McLoughlins at the time said: “Sadly our special angel Rosie, our much-loved daughter and sister, went to Heaven at 2.50 this morning at home where she was surrounded by her loving family.
“Rosie was just 14 years old and fought a lifelong battle with Rett syndrome. Throughout her life she brought so much love and happiness to all our family and everyone who knew and met her.
“She was such a strong little girl and an inspiration to us all. We shall cherish for ever the memories we have shared and the love she showed us each and every day of her life. As a family we are heartbroken but we are blessed to have had her in our lives.”
Coleen was said to ‘idolise’ her adopted sister and asked her to be chief bridesmaid when she married her childhood sweetheart Wayne in 2008.
Rosie had been taken in as a foster child by Coleen’s parents Tony and Colette when she was two-years-old.
Former nursery teacher Colette previously said of their bond: “Coleen idolises Rosie and Rosie idolises Coleen . . . when Coleen walks into the room Rosie’s eyes light up.”