22 Kids and Counting Radford family share tragic cancer news and say 'our hearts are broken'

The Radford family have paid tribute to a 'beautiful' girl after she tragically died of cancer. Sue and Noel Radford are known for their large family and share much of their lives on Channel 5 show 22 Kids and Counting.

The couple, who have been together since they were teenagers, also keep fans updated on social media. They have shared many posts featuring family friend, Sophie Walker, who was diagnosed with cancer back in 2017.

She went to the doctors with a suspected stomach bug before being told he had Wilms tumour. Sophie's parents Jamie and Rebecca, who have 10 children, have been fundraising for years with the hope of life-saving treatment becoming available which could cure their daughter.

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But, after her seven year battle, Sophie died on Saturday, July 6. Sophie's family, from Scotland, had been documenting her progress via a family-run Facebook page, posting regular updates on Sophie's condition with over 16,000 people following her journey, The Mirror reports..

Earlier this year, Sophie deteriorated to a point where she could no longer walk or use the toilet, and over the weekend Sophie "fell fast asleep" with her twin sister and family by her side, her family confirmed.

Sophie Walker (left) with her twin sister Megan
Sophie Walker (left) with her twin sister Megan -Credit:Rebecca Walker/SWNS

They updated the 'Walker family 11' Facebook page yesterday, writing: "Our beautiful, intelligent, funny, thoughtful and brave girl Sophie fell fast asleep last night just after 6.30pm with Megan lying by her side and surrounded by all her family.

"We love Sophie with all our hearts and our world will never be the same again, to say we are heartbroken is a complete understatement.

"Please keep our broken family in your thoughts & prayers, this is a post I never ever thought I’d have to write."

The Radford family shared the post alongside a heartfelt message. They said: "I can’t even find the right words. Beautiful Sophie our hearts are broken, you really were the most beautiful kind hearted funny and bravest girl we will miss your beautiful smile and laugh so much. You rest now Sophie and take care of your beautiful amazing family. Love you forever beautiful Sophie."