Sir Roger Moore, the famous British movie icon who played James Bond for over two decades, has died at the age of 89.
He was reportedly stricken with cancer but lost the battle in a very short time.
Moore died in Switzerland on Tuesday 23 May, his family confirmed in an official statement on his Twitter account.
“R.I.P Sir Roger Moore. He was the King of Cool,” Boy George wrote in his tribute to the fallen star.
Sir Moore will be remembered for the charming way he combined his roles as a nearly-perfect spy with a soft spot for women.
The letter from his official Twitter account was written on behalf of his three adult children — Deborah, Geoffrey and Christian, including his other child with Luisa Mattioli.
“With the heaviest of hearts, we must share the awful news that our father, Sir Roger Moore, passed away today,” the message started. “We are all devastated.”
The accompanying letter reads: “Sir Roger Moore KBE, Actor – Unicef Ambassador – Author.
“It is with a heavy heart that we must announce our loving father, Sir Roger Moor, 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.
“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, through to his last appearance in November 2016 on stage 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.
“Thank you Pops for being you, and for being so very special to so many people.
“Our thoughts must now turn to supporting Kristina at this difficult time, and in accordance with our father’s wishes there will be a funeral in Monaco. Deborah, Geoffrey and Christian.”
Mr. Moore is survived by his three children, wife Luisa Mattioli, and his fourth wife Kristina ‘Kiki’ Tholstrup with whom he raised her daughter Christina Knudsen, who died at the age of 47 in July 2016. He suffered four failed marriages in his lifetime.
The deceased reportedly starred as James Bond for 12 years, playing lead roles in a long list of movies which include: ‘Live and Let Live,’ ‘The Persuaders,’ ‘The Saint,’ ‘A View To A Kill,’ and ‘The Man With The Golden Gun.’
He was the longest serving 007 actor until his death.