Legendary actor Roger Moore has passed away.
The news was confirmed on the actor’s Twitter account, in a statement from the star’s family. They revealed that he died after a short battle with cancer. He was 89 years of age.
The statement reads: “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.
“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.”
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
They went on to pay tribute to his glittering stage and film career, recalling his last appearance, at London’s Royal Festival Hall.
“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,” they wrote.
“Thank you Pops for being you, and for being so very special to so many people.”
Sir Roger is survived by his wife, Kristina, and his three children; Deborah, Geoffrey and Christian.
Of course, the English actor was known for his most famous role, as James Bond, in some of the franchise’s most beloved films. He has several life achievement awards to his name, as well as a Golden Globe.
Our hearts go out to his family at this time.