Vinnie Jones recounts moment his beloved wife Tanya died

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

The hardman footballer-turned-actor told the Sunday Mirror he had cried "almost every night" since his wife of 25 years died in their Hollywood home on July 6.

Speaking of her final moments, surrounded by family, he said: "We knew it was the end, we were cuddling her. I kissed her a lot and told her I loved her. I kept saying 'I love you, I love you'."

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Vinnie Jones and wife Tanya during "The Big Bounce" Premiere at Mann Village Theatre in Westwood, California, United States. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 23: Actor Vinnie Jones (L) and Tanya Jones attend the launch of the Seventh Annual BritWeek Festival "A Salute To Old Hollywood" on April 23, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for BritWeek)
Actor Vinnie Jones and wife Tanya arrive at the premiere of "Kick-Ass" held at the ArcLight Theater in Hollywood. (Photo by Frank Trapper/Corbis via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 13: Vinnie Jones and Tanya Jones arrive at the "Kick-Ass" Los Angeles Premiere at The Cinerama Dome on April 13, 2010 in Hollywood, California (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 13: Tanya Jones (L) and actor Vinnie Jones arrive at the premiere of Lionsgate's "Kick-Ass" held at The Cinerama Dome at the Arclight Hollywood on April 13, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Former footballer and actor, Vinnie Jones with his wife Tanya, on Horse Guards Parade during the annual Trooping the Colour parade. (Photo by Lewis Whyld - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
Actor Vinnie Jones and wife Tanya Jones arrive at a special screening of The Weinstein Company's "Hell Ride" at the Egyptian Theater on July 31, 2008 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 29: Tanya Jones and Vinnie Jones attend Paramount Pictures Premiere Of "Stardust" - Red Carpet Arrivals at Paramount Pictures on July 29, 2007 in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by ANDREAS BRANCH/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 29: Actor Vinnie Jones and wife Tanya Jones arrive at the " Stardust " Los Angeles premiere at Paramount Studio Theatre on July 29, 2007 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)
Vinnie Jones and wife Tanya Jones during DreamWorks' "She's the Man" Los Angeles Premiere - Red Carpet at Mann's Village in Westwood, California, United States. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
Vinnie Jones and wife Tanya Jones during "She's the Man" Los Angeles Premiere - Red Carpet at Mann Village Theater in Westwood, California, United States. (Photo by Jesse Grant/WireImage for Hollywood Reporter)
Vinnie Jones and wife Tanya during "The Big Bounce" Premiere at Mann Village Theatre in Westwood, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 11: Vinnie Jones And His Wife Tanya With Dennis Wise, Vinnie Jones Fashion Launch At 5 Cavendish Square, London, Soccer Legend And Now Hollywood Star Vinnie Jones Was Celebrating The Launch Of His Own Fashion Label, Which Will Hit The Shops All Over England (Photo by Dave Benett/Getty Images)
UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 11: Vinnie Jones With His Wife Tanya, Vinnie Jones Fashion Launch At 5 Cavendish Square, London, Soccer Legend And Now Hollywood Star Vinnie Jones Was Celebrating The Launch Of His Own Fashion Label, Which Will Hit The Shops All Over England (Photo by Dave Benett/Getty Images)
Vinnie Jones Attends The Laureus World Sports Awards At The Grimaldi Forum In Monaco. (Photo by Justin Goff\UK Press via Getty Images)
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Vinnie Jones with his wife Tanya and daughter arrives for the premiere of Mean Machine at the Odeon Kensington. The film produced by Matthew Vaughan is a remake of the 1974 cult classic starring Burt Reynolds. (Photo by William Conran - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
Vinnie & Tanya Jones Attend The 'Mean Machine' Premiere In London. (Photo by Justin Goff\UK Press via Getty Images)
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Footballer turned actor Vinnie Jones arrives with his wife Tanya, for the premiere of the film Greenfingers, at the Odeon Cinema in Kensington, London. (Photo by William Conran - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
(Original Caption) Arrival of actor Vinnie Jones, who co-stars in the film, with his wife Tanya. (Photo by Frank Trapper/Corbis via Getty Images)
Former footballer turned actor Vinnie Jones, who stars in the film, with his wife Tanya (left) and model and television presenter Kelly Brook (wearing a dress by Julien MacDonald), arriving for the premiere of Snatch, at the Odeon Leicester Square. * ...in London. (Photo by William Conran - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
377180 03: Actor Vinnie Jones and his wife Tanya attend the London premiere of "Snatch" in London's West End, August 23, 2000. (Photo by UK Press/Liaison)
Vinnie Jones and Tanya Jones during The 72nd Annual Academy Awards - Vanity Fair Party at Morton's in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc)
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Jones, 54, 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, 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, who died aged 53, had also been treated twice for cervical cancer and underwent a heart transplant at 21 following the birth of her daughter Kaley.

Jones added: "In that last week of her life when the doctors said there were no more treatments, I never told her she was dying. We never spoke of that, I didn't want her to know.

Vinnie Jones interview"In the hospital I slept there every night and Kaley would come every morning."

Speaking of their relationship, an emotional Jones said: "People say, how did it last? And I say because it was real, true love. I think we found true love."

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