Jesus had twelve apostles but like all of us he had his close friends or "confidentes." These were Peter, James and John. While a lot is known of Peter and John not so much is known of James. He was with Jesus at the most important events and was always one of those apostles chosen to witness private events such as the Tranfiguration, the raising of Jairus' daughter and in the garden on Holy Thursday night.
James was one of the sons of Zebedee whose mother asked that they have a seat at the right and left hand of Jesus. Asking them could they drink of the cup which he must drink they said "Yes." They did not know at the time what was being asked of them but after the coming of Pentecost they would have understood, but this did not deter them. James was the first of the apostles to die. He was beheaded in Jerusalem by Herod Agrippa about AD42, only a few years after the death of Jesus. He did not have long to wait to see his Lord again!