Coleen Rooney pays tribute to her little sister Rosie eight years after her death

COLEEN Rooney has paid tribute to her little sister Rosie McLoughlin on Instagram today eight years after her death.

Rosie died aged 14 in 2013, after a lifelong battle with the rare brain disorder Rett syndrome, which causes severe disabilities.

Remembering her younger sibling online, the 34-year-old shared a candid black and white photo of them smiling from yesteryear.

The Welcome To My World author accompanied the heartwarming shot with poignant caption in which Coleen said she wished her sons; Kai, Klay, Kit and Cass, had met her.

She 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".

Followers posted their own tributes, with one writing: "sending lots of love".

"Wow that has Flown.. Send you our love," another penned.

A third shared: "Awww bless her remember seeing her on TV …sending big hugs to u and family x".

Coleen regularly shares photos of her younger sibling and last year marked what would have been her 21st birthday.

Days before Rosie died, when it became clear her condition was deteriorating, Coleen and the family cut their Barbados holiday short.

She said at the time: "So glad we ended our holiday short, due to her deteriorating & we was able to spend the last few days together with her an our family."

"Sleep tight Rosie Mc x. We love you more than words can say x."

A statement released at the time of Rosie's death said that Coleen, her husband Wayne and the rest of their family had been left "heartbroken".

It read: "She was such a strong little girl and an inspiration to us all.

"We shall cherish forever the memories we have shared and the love she showed us each and every day of her life."

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