Sir Roger Moore, an actor who was most famous for his time spent portraying super spy James Bond, has passed away after “a short but brave battle with cancer,” according to his family. Moore was 89 at the time of his death.
As reported by the BBC, Moore’s family released a statement via a Twitter post announcing the stars death; it read: “Thank you Pops for being you, and being so very special to so many people.”
His family went on to say, “With the heaviest of hearts, we must share the awful news that our father, Sir Roger Moore, passed away today,” continuing, “We are all devastated.”
In accordance with Moore’s wishes, there will be a private funeral in Monaco as the star is laid to rest.
Moore played the famed character, James Bond, in seven of the Bond films including A View to a Kill and Live and Let Die. His portrayal was recognized for having a more humorous take on the character in comparison to the version played by the former James Bond, Sean Connery.
He was also known for his work in the television series The Persuaders and The Saint, as well as his humanitarian work with UNICEF where he was appointed as a goodwill ambassador in 1991.
The statement released by Moore’s children said, “The love with which he was surrounded in his final days was so great it cannot be quantified in words along.”
“Our thoughts must now turn to supporting Kristina [Tholstrup, Moore’s wife] at this difficult time.”
Moore’s children went on to say, “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.”
Actor Ewan McGregor, a fellow UNICEF ambassador, said in a statement regarding Moore’s passing, “Thank you, Roger, for having championed so tirelessly the rights of all children for the past 26 years.” He went on to say, “You’ve shown that we all have the power to make a change in the lives of the most vulnerable children.”