Sir Roger Moore, famous for his leading role in the James Bond movies, has passed away at the age of 89. His family posted a heartwarming letter to him and the community via his Twitter page around 6AM today.
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
According to the BBC, the actor passed following "a short but brave battle with cancer." He was best known for playing James Bond in seven of the classic spy films, from 1973 to 1985. He was also known for his role in the 1960s TV series The Persuaders and the Saint.
Off screen Sir Moore was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2003. He was an active humanitarian, and was "introduced to Unicef by the late Audrey Hepburn." He was appointed a goodwill ambassador in 1991.
"It’s easy to raise money for an emotive issue when it’s happening and is on the front pages of the newspapers, but it gradually fades away towards the back pages. So it’s up to us – spokespersons for Unicef – to, when it’s a silent one, make sure that people know what we’re doing," he told the Guardian in 2015.
Both he and his children say his work with UNICEF was his "greatest achievement."
Sir Moore was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 1993, and would later "go on to say in interviews that the cancer changed his life." Shortly before his first scare, he met his wife Kristina Kiki Tholstrup and they were married in 2002.
In the 1960s, 20 so years after the start of his career, Sir Moore stared in the television series Maverick and before that The Miracle (1959).
When asked about his redefinition of the James Bond role, Sir Moore insisted Sean Connery, his predecessor, was the "best" spy.
"Sean was Bond. He created Bond," he said in "Bond on Bond: Reflections on 50 Years of James Bond Movies," an anniversary book that came out in 2012. "I always said Sean played Bond as a killer, and I played Bond as a lover."
According to the letter from his children, the family will hold a private funeral in Monaco, in keeping with his wishes.