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Vinnie Jones opens up about death of wife Tanya 53 after cancer battle on Good Morning Britain

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Vinnie Jones breaks down in tears on GMB as he relives his heart-breaking final moments with his wife Tanya and says both Rebekah Vardy and Coleen Rooney are ‘an embarrassment to their husbands’

  • Vinnie, 54, was married to Tanya, 53, for 25 years before she died in July 
  • Couple had son Aaron and daughter Kaley who she wrote a letter before she died
  • She twice suffered cervical cancer and had heart transplant before skin cancer 

Vinnie Jones broke down in tears as he revealed his late wife told him and their daughter ‘not to grieve’ as she will be waiting for them both in heaven.

The football hardman-turned actor lost Tanya, his wife of 25 years, to cancer in July after a six-year battle with the disease. 

Vinnie, 54, likened being told she was dying to ‘being hit by a sledgehammer’ and revealed he slept by her side every night she was in hospital. 

Tanya, 53, wrote a letter to their daughter Kaley, which she read aloud to Vinnie and the rest of the family.

Her husband told Good Morning Britain today: ‘She said don’t grieve, I’ll be waiting for you. So I’ve got something to look forward to.’ 

In an emotional interview with GMB he paid tribute to his ‘great supporter’ who was a ‘fantastically gorgeous looking woman’. 

Vinnie Jones broke down in tears as he revealed his wife Tanya told him and their daughter 'not to grieve' as she will be waiting for them both in heaven

Vinnie Jones broke down in tears as he revealed his wife Tanya told him and their daughter ‘not to grieve’ as she will be waiting for them both in heaven

He said she would ‘never want to be special’, refused to give press interviews and didn’t want to ruin her family’s festivities when she got a call to say her cancer had spread to her brain last year. 

Comparing Tanua's behaviour to that of other footballers' wives Coleen Rooney and Rebekah Vardy (pictured with husband Jamie) and their ongoing spat, he said: 'She’s the opposite to these girls now.'

Comparing Tanua’s behaviour to that of other footballers’ wives Coleen Rooney and Rebekah Vardy (pictured with husband Jamie) and their ongoing spat, he said: ‘She’s the opposite to these girls now.’

Comparing her behaviour to that of other footballers’ wives Coleen Rooney and Rebekah Vardy and their ongoing spat, he said: ‘She’s the opposite to these girls now. 

‘I think it’s quite funny. They’re an embarrassment to their husbands, to their kids.’

Jones told hosts Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid he is speaking out about his grief in order to help others.

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Asked how he is doing, he said: ‘Keeping busy, that’s the first thing. You’ve got to get out there for other guys who are struggling. 

‘It’s made a difference, I didn’t see that coming.’  

Vinnie, who won the 1988 FA Cup with Wimbledon’s ‘Crazy Gang’ and made his film debut in Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels a decade later, previously said he would ‘never be with anyone else’ after losing his true love. 

In 2013, he revealed both he and Tanya had melanoma, the most serious type of skin cancer, and he was later given the all-clear.

Tanya had also been treated twice for cervical cancer and underwent a heart transplant at 21 following the birth of her daughter Kaley.

The couple met 25 years ago while Vinnie played for AFC Wimbledon, where he and a group of players earned notoriety as a members of the ‘Crazy Gang’ at the club.

They married in Watford in 1994 and renewed their vows in 2007. 

Tanya is survived by her daughter, Kaley, by her former husband Steve Terry, and a son, Aaron, who she shares with Vinnie. 

A tearful Vinnie Jones has spoken of the moment his beloved wife Tanya died after a six-year battle with cancer

A tearful Vinnie Jones has spoken of the moment his beloved wife Tanya died after a six-year battle with cancer

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