Fernando Ricksen: Ex-Rangers player dies aged 43 after battle with motor neurone disease

Former Dutch soccer player Fernando Ricksen reacts following a charity football match in his childhood town of Sittard in 2014.

(CNN)Former Rangers player Fernando Ricksen has passed away at the age of 43 following a battle with motor neurone disease.

Ricksen, who won 12 caps for the Dutch national team, had been battling the disease for six years after being diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) in October 2013.
The former defender spent six years at the Glasgow club, where he won the domestic cup double in 2002 and the treble in 2003.
Following his diagnosis, Ricksen raised money to find a cure for the disease, and a benefit match was held in January 2015. It attracted more than 41,000 fans to Ibrox, raising £320,000 ($399,000) with the proceeds split between Fernando, his daughter Isabella, MND Scotland and the Rangers Charity Foundation.