The family of Sir Roger Moore has announced the sad news of the actor’s passing via Twitter. In a statement posted to the social network, it was said that he died, aged 89, after “a short but brave fight with cancer”.
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
He was perhaps most famous for taking over from Sean Connery as James Bond in 1973. He appeared as the iconic English secret agent in seven films. The English actor was also a key figure on the stage and small screen, but he was most proud of his humanitarian work, most notably with UNICEF.
The emotional statement written by his children finished with the beautiful tribute:
“Thank you Pops for being you, and for being so very special to so many people.”
Our thoughts go out to the family of Sir Roger Moore at this difficult time.