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Rangers football legend loses battle with MND

MND Scotland pays respects to late Fernando Ricksen, who has died of MND.

Rangers football legend loses battle with MND

Posted : 18/09/2019

Football legend, Fernando Ricksen, has died aged 43 after a five year battle with Motor Neurone Disease (MND).

The ex-Rangers player publically revealed his diagnosis of MND in October 2013 and has since played a vital role in raising awareness of the illness across Scotland and beyond.

Fernando opened his home and life to the public through the documentary 'Fernando Ricksen – The Final Battle' so more people will have an understanding of how MND can affect someone.

MND Scotland’s CEO, Craig Stockton, said: “We are deeply saddened to hear that Fernando Ricksen has lost his courageous battle with Motor Neurone Disease. He fought against this devastating illness with the same combative approach he showed on the football pitch.

“Fernando’s bravery in sharing both his shocking diagnosis and his life with MND has been inspirational. He raised so much awareness of the illness, particularly through his documentary and from the Rangers Tribute Match in January 2015, which raised over £80,000 for MND Scotland.

“The tragic death of a young, active, footballing legend really brings to light that this cruel disease can affect anyone, at any point in their life. We must find a cure for future generations.

“For anyone wishing to donate, you can text CUREMND to 70660 to donate £5, or you can donate online below.”