James Bond Actor Sir Roger Moore Dies Age 89 After A Short Battle With Cancer
Actor Sir Roger Moore, who was best known for playing James Bond, has died age 89.
The news was announced by his family earlier today via Twitter, revealing he had died after a short battle with cancer.
The statement, from his children, read:
It is with a heavy heart that we must announce that our loving father, Sir Roger Moore, has passed away today in Switzerland after a short but brave battle with cancer
Thank you Pops for being you, and being so very special to so many people. Our thoughts must now turn to supporting Kristina at this difficult time, and in accordance with out father’s wishes there will be a private funeral in Monaco.
With the heaviest of hearts, we must share the awful news that our father, Sir Roger Moore, passed away today. We are all devastated. pic.twitter.com/6dhiA6dnVg
— Sir Roger Moore (@sirrogermoore) May 23, 2017
Sir Roger Moore was most well known for starring as the famous and longest serving spy in seven Bond films including Live and Let Die, The Man with the Golden Gun, The Spy Who Loved Me and A View to a Kill.
As well as his famous Bond role, Moore was well known for his humanitarian work. He was introduced to Unicef by the late Audrey Hepburn and was appointed as a goodwill ambassador in 1991.
Moore was given his knighthood for his humanitarian work, that was his main focus in his final years.
In a statement, fellow Unicef ambassador and actor Ewan McGregor said:
Thank you, Roger, for having championed so tirelessly the rights of all children for the last 26 years.
You’ve shown that we all have the power to make a change to the lives of the most vulnerable children.
The British acting legend was last seen in public in November 2016 at the Being Man Festival.
Many stars have taken to Twitter so share their tributes to the iconic actor.
Roger Moore , loved him
— Russell Crowe (@russellcrowe) May 23, 2017
As if today wasn't already sad enough.
RIP Sir Roger Moore, 89.
A wonderful actor & lovely man. pic.twitter.com/MHi2A6jvTQ
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) May 23, 2017
The icon died in Switzerland and will have a private funeral, as his wishes, in Monaco.