Vinnie Jones speaks of ‘heavy grief’ following the death of his wife

Vinnie Jones speaks of ‘heavy grief’ following the death of his wife

Vinnie Jones speaks of his ‘heavy grief’ as he breaks his silence and thanks fans for their support following the death of his wife Tanya from cancer last month

  • The notorious British hard-man said he had been warmed by the support shown
  • Tanya Jones died aged 53 in Los Angeles last month surrounded by family 
  • Lock Stock And Two Smoking Barrels actor today tweeted about his devastation

Vinnie Jones has thanked his army of fans for rallying around him in the wake of his wife’s ‘devastating’ death from cancer.

Still raw from Tanya’s passing last month, the Lock Stock And Two Smoking Barrels actor today spoke of the grief he has shouldered since losing his 53-year-old sweetheart. 

But he said he had been warmed by the support and affection shown to him during the tough past few weeks. 

He tweeted: ‘Thank you to each and every one of you for your kind thoughts and kind words through this devastating time you have all helped us enormously with this heavy grief, Vinnie.’

Vinnie Jones and wife Tanya attend the premiere of Paramount Pictures ‘Stardust’ at the Paramount Studios in Hollywood 

The British actor said he had been warmed by the support and affection shown to him during the tough past few weeks

Tributes poured in for the former professional footballer’s wife who died in Los Angeles surrounded by family after her condition worsened.

Tanya had already battled two bouts of cervical cancer, as well as undergoing heart surgery as a 21-year-old.  

Ex-England striker Gary Lineker led the tributes to Tanya last month, saying her death was ‘terribly sad’ and offering his condolences to Jones.

And former teammates of Jones including AFC Wimbledon striker Kevin Cooper were among the ex-footballers who tweeted heartfelt messages. 

Tanya Jones’ wife was seen out and about with her former footballer husband in 2015 after her latest cancer scare was revealed

In the aftermath of Tanya’s death, Jones’s spokesperson said: ‘Vinnie and the family ask for privacy while they go through an understandable period of mourning during this devastating time.’

But today’s tweet marks the first time Jones, 54, has spoken publicly about his grief.

In an interview in 2017, Jones described Tanya as ‘the most incredible person’, adding: ‘I think we’re the perfect match and I was lucky to find it.’  

In 1998, Mr Jones made his film debut when he starred in Guy Ritchie’s crime comedy Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, playing a mob enforcer. He was previously best known as a hardman on the pitch. In the 20 years since he has played many tough roles on screen

A hardman on and off the pitch: Vinnie Jones’s career 

January 1965 Born in Watford

1984 Aged 19 he joins Alliance Premier League side Wealdstone while also working on a building site

1986 Becomes a full-time professional with Wimbledon and scores in a 1-0 win against Manchester United on his second appearance

1988 Wimbledon’s ‘Crazy Gang’ win the FA Cup, beating Liverpool 1-0 in the final

1987 Is photographed grabbing rival Paul Gascoigne by the testicles during a match against Newcastle, cementing his tough image

1989 Is transferred to United where he helps the team win promotion to the old Division One

1990 Joins Sheffield United

1991 Joins Chelsea, where he earns the record of the quickest ever booking in a football match after fouling Sheffield United’s Dane Whitehouse just three seconds into a FA Cup tie

1992 Returns to Wimbledon where in 1994 he helps them to their best ever Premier League finish as the team finish sixth. Presents ‘Soccer’s Hard Men’ on VHS, after which he is fined £20,000 and given a suspended six-month ban for bringing the game into disrepute

1994 Marries Tanya Terry in Watford. The couple have one son together, Aaron, while she has a daughter, Kaley by her former husband

December 1994 Makes his debut for Wales in a 3-0 defeat to Bulgaria, after qualifying via his Welsh grandmother

1998 Leaves Wimbledon to become player-coach of Huddersfield Town, where he scores on his debut. He also makes his acting debut in Guy Richie’s gangster film Lock Stock And Two Smoking Barrels, but is convicted of assault and criminal damage against a neighbour

2000 Plays ‘Sphinx’ in Gone In 60 Seconds

2001 Takes a lead role in Mean Machine, a remake of Burt Reynolds movie The Longest Yard, where he played a jailed ex-England captain

2003 Convicted of assault and threatening behaviour on an aircraft after he slapped a fellow passenger in the face in an air rage attack

2007 Vinnie and Tanya renew their wedding vows in Las Vegas

2013 Reveals that both he and Tanya are suffering from skin cancer

July 2019 Is at Tanya’s bedside as she dies at 53 following her six-year cancer battle 



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