ROGER MOORE DIES AT 89 AFTER BATTLING CANCER

JAMES Bond legend Sir Roger Moore has died aged 89 after losing a short battle with cancer.

Posting on his official Twitter account his family said: “With the heaviest of hearts, we must share the awful news that our father, Sir Roger Moore, passed away today. We are all devastated.”

In a statement from his family, they added: “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.

ROGER MOORE

“The love 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 private funeral in Monaco.”

The statement was signed off by his three children Deborah, Geoffrey and Christian Moore.

Moore was the third actor to play James Bond after Sean Connery and George Lazenby, making his debut as the 007 in The Man With The Golden Gun.

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