A WIMBLEDON star has been left devastated after her husband died just weeks after his shock cancer diagnosis.
Annabel Croft, 56, said that her husband Mel Coleman, 60, died earlier this week after he was diagnosed with stage 3 cancer.
She said: “My beloved husband Mel passed away peacefully on Wednesday morning after a short battle with cancer.
“My family and I are completely heartbroken and ask for privacy at this very sad time.”
Mel had complained of stomach pains in the weeks before the devastating diagnosis.
Eurosport, Sky Sports and BBC presenter Annabel married America’s Cup yachtsman Mel in 1992 after they met by chance just before she hung up her racket as a professional player.
“Mel, who had just got back from Australia after the America’s Cup, was one of the yachtsmen and that is how we met.”
The couple have three grown-up children named Charlie, Amber and Lily.
Mel was Annabel’s first proper boyfriend and married her six years after they met when she was 21.
They later ran a tennis school together.
The former Wimbledon player, 56, started the renovation project during the third lockdown in the UK.
She told Sun Online Travel: “I never knew you could do what we did until my husband Mel asked me about fixing up a van when the whole world had shut down.”
The couple spent just three months transforming the van – which they named Vannabel – into the perfect holiday home on wheels.
Mel, from Farnborough, Kent, was a British number one tennis champion before she retired aged 21.