Coleen Rooney shares heartbreaking tribute to sister Rosie on eighth anniversary of her death

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Coleen Rooney paid an emotional tribute to her tragic sister eight years on from her death.

Rosie McLoughlin died in 2016 aged just 14 after a long battle with Rett syndrome.

The rare brain disorder that causes severe disabilities left a hole in Coleen's life – and on the anniversary of Rosie's passing, the star took to social media.

Coleen was said to "idolise" her adopted sister and even asked her to be chief bridesmaid when she married her then footballer fiancé Wayne Rooney in 2008.

She shared a cute black and white photo of her cuddling her young sibling on Instagram.

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Coleen wishes Rosie could have seen her young sons grow up as she marked the difficult day with a sweet post.

Kai, 11, Klay, seven, Kit, four, and two-year-old Cass mention their aunt "all the time".

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Coleen, 34, wrote: "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."

Coleen flew younger brothers Joe and Anthony to Barbados in January 2016 but when they were informed that Rosie's condition had deteriorated they jetted home to be by the youngster's side.

The wife of former England captain Wayne says the family are still coming to terms with their loss.

A statement from the McLoughlins at the time read: "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.

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"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."

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