Vinnie Jones’ wife Tanya has died following a long illness

The news was confirmed by Vinnie's management

Vinnie Jones and Tanya Jones at the Kick Ass premiere

by Laura Thornton |

Tanya Jones, the wife of former footballer Vinnie Jones, has tragically passed away aged 53. The actor was at his wife's side when she passed away at their Los Angeles home on Saturday morning.

Vinnie Jones' management released a statement confirming the sad news that said, "At 8.46am local time in Los Angeles on Saturday July 6, Vinnie Jones's wife, Tanya Jones, passed away after a long illness. Tanya passed peacefully at the Jones family home surrounded by Vinnie, their daughter and other family members.

"Vinnie and the family ask for privacy while they go through an understandable period of mourning during this devastating time."

In 2013 both Vinnie and Tanya suffered from a melanoma, and fought the illness together. After finding a lump under his eye, a check-up revealed Vinnie had developed a malignant melanoma, with Tanya then suffering the same illness.

Vinnie recently shared a post marking seven years sobriety with a throwback picture of himself and his late wife.

In the post he said, "Tomorrow is my seven year alcohol DRY anniversary , the worst drug on this planet will get found out one day!!! If I can quit, believe me ; you can and your life will be a million percent better! I guarantee it."

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Vinnie and Tanya Jones in 1997
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Tanya had bravely overcome previous health issues. Aged 21 she underwent a heart transplant and had been treated for cervical cancer twice.

Vinnie and Tanya married in 1994 in Watford, before heading to LA so Vinnie could pursue a career in acting, which led to appearances in films such as X-Men: The Last Stand. He also starred in Mean Machine, Swordfish, Snatch and Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.

The couple renewed their vows in 2007.

Tanya had one daughter, Kaley Jay Terry, from her previous marriage to footballer Steve Terry.

This article first appeared on heat on 7 July 2019

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