Wife’s tragic tribute to young Scots basketball player after death at just 24

The heartbroken wife of a young Scots basketball player has hailed ‘her world’ after he died of a rare condition just over a year after they tied the knot in hospital.

Rory Wilson passed away aged 24 last month after a long battle with primary sclerosing cholangitis and autoimmune hepatitis.

He and wife Rebecca hit the headlines last November when we told of their special wedding day in a high dependency unit amid coronavirus restrictions.

The newly weds sit together

Staff at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary managed to organise the celebration in just two days for patient Rory to marry beloved girlfriend Rebecca.

Wife Rebecca announced the tragic news saying there was ‘no words’ to describe her loss.

After a long and hard battle with life, Rory has sadly passed away peacefully this evening. The man was and still is my world and I will miss him greatly as will many of his friends and family none of this feels real but he is no longer suffering or in any pain which I think we all agree is what he’s always wanted.

“Fly high sweetheart, God bless you.”

Wife's tragic tribute to young Scots basketball player after death at just 24
The couple share a kiss

She added: “There’s no amount of words to describe how much I love and miss you. I hope they’ve got a cold bottle of Buckfast up there for you.”

The couple from Carronshore, near Falkirk, had planned to wed in two years but with an all important operation for Rory looming they decided to move the day forward.

Due to coronavirus restrictions, only the pair’s parents, Rebecca’s brother James Macadam, and Rory’s brother Ewen could attend.

But workers lined the aisle as Rebecca’s proud dad Craig walked her down and gave the 23-year-old nursing student away.

Keen basketball player Rory has also been hailed by his team Falkirk Fury who was hailed as a ‘popular player’.

Falkirk Fury wrote: “The club would like to express their sadness at the passing of one of their former players – Rory Wilson. Our thoughts are with Rory’s wife and family at this time.

“Rory played for Fury as a teenager, helping the club win National titles and in 2017 represented Great Britain in the World Transplant Games, the team winning a silver medal.

“Rory was a popular player during his time in the club and also enjoyed playing rugby and was a true fighter, battling with illness from his late teens.”

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