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Valerie James dead: Wife of Carry On legend Sid James dies as tributes flood in

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Valerie James, the wife of Carry On star Sid James, has sadly passed away at the age of 93.

The heartbreaking news was shared by her family on Monday as they took to social media to share the news alongside a touching black and white photo of the couple together.

In a statement, they wrote: "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.

"Val and Sid’s family have given me their blessing to post this and I'm sure you will all join me in sending them the very best of wishes."

Valerie's family broke the tragic news that she had passed away aged 93 on Monday © Getty Images Valerie's family broke the tragic news that she had passed away aged 93 on Monday Comic actor Sid James with his wife Valerie Ashton, circa 1965. © Getty Images Comic actor Sid James with his wife Valerie Ashton, circa 1965.

No cause of death has yet been revealed. Valerie and Sid were married for 23 years prior to the star’s death in 1976.

Following the news, many fans took to social media to expresses their condolences, with several taking comfort in the fact she was now once again reunited with her beloved husband.

One twitter user wrote: "She's back with Sid now. Such a devoted wife. RIP Valerie and Sid James.”

While another commented: "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. Both of them have now been reunited in heaven. RIP Sid & Valerie.”

A third then added: "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.”

While a fourth wrote: "Condolences to the remaining family. She was a lovely, smart and patient woman.”

Comic actor Sid James (1913 - 1976) and his wife Valerie at the premiere of the film 'Love Story' at the Odeon Leicester Square, London, 8th March 1971. They play the two leads in the film. © Getty Images Comic actor Sid James (1913 - 1976) and his wife Valerie at the premiere of the film 'Love Story' at the Odeon Leicester Square, London, 8th March 1971. They play the two leads in the film.

Sid and Valerie first began dating in 1950, with a whirlwind romance soon seeing them tie the knot two years later in 1952.

Much like her husband, the star had enjoyed a successful career in her own right, appearing in productions such as Doctor Faustus and Love Story, while also starring on The Sid James Show.

It's understood that the final years of their marriage together were spent living in Buckinghamshire, just a stone's throw away from Pinewood Studios, where all 31 of the Carry On films were shot.

They shared two children together - daughter Sue, who became a television producer and son Steve who became a music producer.

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