Sir Roger Moore has died at the age of 89.
The legendary actor – best known for playing James Bond in the ’70s and ’80s – passed away in Switzerland on Tuesday. Moore’s family confirmed the news on Twitter, noting he had died after “a short but brave battle with cancer”.
In a statement, the star’s children, Deborah, Geoffrey and Cristian, wrote: “It is with a heavy heart that we must announce our loving father, Sir Roger Moore, has passed away today in Switzerland after a short but brave battle with cancer. The love with which he was surrounded in his final days was so great it cannot be quantified in words alone.”
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
The family revealed that the beloved actor’s funeral will take place in Monaco, where he lived with fourth wife Kristina Tholstrup. “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.”
Sir Roger Moore was the third actor to play the British secret agent James Bond in 7 films between 1973 and 1985. Following Sean Connery’s macho portrayal of the agent 007, the star brought a lighter touch to the role for which he was most famous.
Moore was introduced to Unicef by Audrey Hepburn and was appointed as a goodwill ambassador in 1991. In a statement, Unicef’s executive director Anthony Lake said: “In his most famous roles as an actor, Sir Roger was the epitome of cool sophistication, but in his work as a Unicef goodwill ambassador he was a passionate – and highly persuasive – advocate for children. He once said that it was up to all of us to give children a more peaceful future. Together with (his wife) Lady Kristina, he worked very hard to do so.”