Vinnie Jones speaks about his ‘heavy grief’ for first time since death of beloved wife Tanya

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VINNIE Jones opened up about the death of his beloved wife Tanya for the first time today, telling fans they had helped ease his “heavy grief”.

Mum-of-two Tanya, 53, died in July at the family’s Los Angeles home with the ex-footballer by her side after battling cancer for six years.

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Vinnie shared this picture of Tanya alongside his tribute[/caption]

Posting on Twitter, actor and football legend Vinnie thanked followers who had consoled him in the wake of the tragedy.

He wrote: “THANKYOU 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.”

The 54-year-old also posted a picture of him and Tanya when they were younger alongside the message.

Vinnie revealed in 2013 that they were both suffering from melanoma – the most serious type of skin cancer.

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Tanya and Vinnie at a party in London in 2007[/caption]

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The pair at the premiere of Gone In 60 Seconds in 2000[/caption]

The star thanked his fans speaking about his ‘heavy grief’

Tanya – who had an emergency heart transplant at the age of 21 – had already been treated twice for cervical cancer.

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