Roger Moore, the English actor most famous for playing James Bond in seven movies, has tragically passed away at the age of 89.
Moore, who also portrayed Simon Templar on The Saint TV series, died in Switzerland after a “short but brave” battle with cancer, according to his family. His children took to Twitter to announce the devastating news.
Roger Moore as James Bond. via Getty Images
In their statement, they wrote, “The love with which he was surrounded in his final days was so great it cannot be quantified with words alone.”
They then paid homage to their father’s impressive achievements throughout his life—including his acts of goodwill.
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“We know our own love and admiration will be magnified many times over, across the world, by people who knew him for his films, his television shows and his passionate work for UNICEF which he considered to be his greatest achievement,” they wrote.
Roger Moore with his wife, Kristina Tholstrup. via Getty Images
They added that their father’s great love of the stage life and the camera kept him motivated to keep working up to his last year of life, all the way through to his last appearance in November 2016 on stage at London’s Royal Festival Hall.
They wrote, “The capacity crowd cheered him on and off stage, shaking the very foundations of the building just a short distance from where he was born.”
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His kids ended their statement on a personal note, in a way that only they could.
They wrote, “Thank you Pops for being you, and for being so very special to so many people. Our thoughts must now turn to supporting Kristina at this difficult time, and in accordance with our father’s wishes there will be a private funeral in Monaco.”
Our thoughts and prayers are with Roger Moore’s whole family during this difficult time.
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