Sir Roger Moore, best known for playing James Bond, has died aged 89.
His children, Deborah, Geoffrey and Christian posted onto his Twitter page today a statement breaking the news of their father’s death.
“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,” it read.
“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.
“The affection our father felt whenever he walked on to a stage or in front of a camera buoyed him hugely and kept him busy working into his 90th year.”
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 statement ended with the sweet message: “Thank you Pops for being you, and for being so very special to so many people.”
A private funeral is to be held in Monaco as the actor reportedly wished.
Moore was the third actor to play Bond after Sean Connery and George Lazenby. He made his debut in Live and Let Die in 1973, and was the longest serving Bond to date, featuring in seven films.
Among his well-known outings as 007 were Octopussy and The Man With The Golden Gun.
He was married four times, and wed his surviving wife, Kristina Tholstrup, in 2002.
As well as Bond, he starred in TV series The Saint and The Persuaders. He was also a passionate supporter of UNICEF.