Legendary British actor Sir Roger Moore has passed on at the age of 89, his family has announced.

Sir Moore was best known for playing the role of British spy James Bond in the 007 movies.

According to his family, he died after a battle with cancer. His death was announced by his children: Deborah, Geoffrey and Christian. 

“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,” the statement read.

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“The love with which he was surrounded in his final days was so great it cannot be quantified in words alone,” read the statement from Debora, Geoffrey and Christian.

“Our thoughts must now turn to supporting Kristina [his wife] at this difficult time.”

Sir Roger, who died in Switzerland, will have a private funeral in Monaco in accordance with his wishes, they added.