Carry On actor Sid James’ wife Valerie James passed away on the late legend’s birthday. She was his third wife. Read on to know what happened to Valerie James, how did she die, and what was the cause of her death.
Valerie was married to Sid till his death. The legendary actor suffered a heart attack at the Sunderland Empire Theatre on April 26, 1973. He was 62 years old. Valerie lived with her husband’s memories until she died earlier this year.
How did Valerie James die?
Valerie Ashton James, the third wife of legendary British actor Sid James, died on May 8, 2022. The day of her demise was the same as his late husband’s birthday. She was 93 years old. The unfortunate news of her passing was announced by the family on social media.
The post shared on Friday confirmed her demise. “In very sad news, Valerie James, lovely wife of Sid and a performer in her own right in her early days, has died aged 93,” the post read.
They also mentioned that they received the “blessing” from James’ family to post the news as the family required some private time before making the heartbreaking news public. “‘I’m sure you will all join me in sending them the very best of wishes,” the post further states.
In another post made later, the family wrote, “Sid & Valerie’s family have asked me to pass on how touched they have been by the response & kind thoughts of everyone.”
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What was the cause of Valerie James’ death?
The cause of Valerie James’ death wasn’t released immediately with the announcement. She reportedly passed away due to natural causes and her old age. The family didn’t share a specific cause that led to her demise.
Social media users are speculating that Valerie died at her home surrounded by her family peacefully.
Valerie Ashton and Sid James were Married for 23 Years
Valerie Ashton and Sid James first started dating in 1950 after meeting on a film set. The loving couple got married two years later. Their marriage lasted for 23 years until Sid passed away in 1976
Valerie was also an actress by profession and featured on “The Sid James Show” alongside her husband. She also appeared with Sid in 1967’s “Carry On Doctor.” She also made an appearance on the tribute show “The Unforgettable Sid James” in 2000 following the legendary actor’s death.
James and Valerie together have two children, a daughter named Sue and a son named Steve. Sue is a TV show producer while Steve is a music producer.
Fans paying tribute to Valerie James on Social Media
Tributes have been pouring ever since Valerie’s family announced the tragic news of her death. Fans have been mourning the loss of the actress.
“Hugs to both Valerie and Sid James’ Family. Sid James was a big part of my childhood onscreen via the #CarryOn Films and gave me so many laughs and still does to this day, so Thankyou,” wrote a fan on Twitter.
“Both of them have now been reunited in heaven. RIP Sid Valerie. (sic)” wrote another fan.
One more fan tweeted: “Sad news indeed. I’d have loved to have met her in person, I bet she had many anecdotes about her and Sid’s life together that’d be great to hear. My heartfelt condolences to her family.”
Our heartfelt condolences go out to Valerie’s family. May God let her rest in peace.