Coleen Rooney pays tribute to late sister Rosie on what would have been her 24th birthday

COLEEN Rooney has paid an emotional tribute to her little sister Rosie McLoughlin on what would have been her 24th birthday.

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

Sharing a photo of Rosie and her eldest son Kai, Coleen captioned the photo: "Happy Birthday to our very special angel Rosie.

"The best sister and the best aunty 👼🏼❤️ #24today".

After sharing her tribute, Coleen was inundated with messages from friends and social media followers.

One penned: "Happy heavenly 24th Birthday Rosie 🎂💕".

"What a beautiful picture ❤️," another commented. "Aww bless. Beautiful photo xx".

A third shared: "Happy Heavenly Birthday Angel 👼🏼🌹Rosie! Forever in our hearts ❤️‍🩹❤️‍🩹❤️‍🩹xxx".

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Rosie was originally fostered at two years old by Coleen's parents, Tony and Colette.

They knew she was disabled but it took a few years to realise how serious her condition was.

"When Rosie arrived she could crawl, and even though she couldn't use her hands that much she would handle toys on her play mat and she could eat," Coleen wrote in the Mail on Sunday in 2006.

"But over a period of time she stopped crawling and lost what use of her hands she had. Then she started having problems swallowing her food.

"It took pretty much a year for Rosie to be diagnosed and, looking back, I can see how much Mum pushed to find out what was wrong with her and to try to do what was best for her."

Last year, Coleen remembered her younger sibling on Instagram by sharing a candid black and white photo of them smiling together.

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."

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."

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