Vinnie Jones was by Tanya’s side along with her daughter and other family members when she died at their home in Los Angeles on Saturday.
A statement from Jones’s management told The Sun: “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.”
A source told the publication: “Tanya had been ill for quite a while.
“But the last two or three weeks her condition really deteriorated.
“Vinnie has been by her bedside. It’s heartbreaking news.
Vinnie and Tanya tied the knot in Watford in 1994 and went on to renew their vows in 2007.
Back in 2013, Vinnie revealed both he and Tanya were being treated for skin cancer.
The actor found a lump under his eye and a check-up revealed he had malignant melanoma.
Tanya developed the same disease and they fought it together, successfully.
Vinnie’s wife had an emergency heart transplant at the age of 21 and had been treated for cervical cancer twice.
The couple met 25 years ago when Vinnie was playing for AFC Wimbledon.
Back in 2017 in an interview with the Daily Mirror, Vinnie described Tanya as “the most incredible person”.
He added: “I think we’re the perfect match and I was lucky to find it.”
They share one son together, Aaron, and Vinnie is a stepfather to Tanya’s daughter, Kaley, from her previous marriage.
Stars paid tribute to Tanya on social media with Piers Morgan tweeting: “Such desperately sad news that Tanya Jones has lost her long battle against cancer, aged just 53. She was a delightful woman, and a truly courageous fighter. My deepest condolences to Vinnie @VinnieJones65 & all the family. RIP Tanya.”
Frank Bruno said: “I’m very saddened to hear the news of Vinnie Jones wife Tanya passing away. My thoughts are with Vinnie & his family at this difficult time.”
Lord Alan Sugar wrote: “Sorry for your loss Vinny @VinnieJones65.”