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Friday 25 July 2014

Brosnan: ‘Our hearts are heavy with the loss of our beautiful dear girl’

Cormac McQuinn and Luke Byrne

Published 02/07/2013|07:15

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Pierce Brosnan with his daughter Charlotte, who has died from cancer

THE stepdaughter of Irish Hollywood actor Pierce Brosnan has died from cancer, an agent close to the family has confirmed.

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The James Bond star reportedly rushed to London from a film shoot to be at his daughter Charlotte’s side when she died over the weekend.

The actor last night paid tribute to his “darling daughter” in a statement which read: “On June 28 at 2pm my darling daughter Charlotte Emily passed on to eternal life, having succumbed to ovarian cancer.

“Charlotte fought her cancer with grace and humanity, courage and dignity. Our hearts are heavy with the loss of our beautiful dear girl.

“We pray for her and that the cure for this wretched disease will be close at hand soon. We thank everyone for their heartfelt condolences.”

Charlotte (42) was the daughter, from a previous relationship, of Mr Brosnan’s first wife Cassandra, who he lost to ovarian cancer in 1991.

Cassandra was just a year older than her daughter when she died, leaving Mr Brosnan devastated.

The Navan-born star adopted Charlotte and her brother Christopher in the 1980s after the death of their birth father. Both children took his surname.

Mr Brosnan had another son, Sean, also an actor, with Cassandra in 1983.

Sean Brosnan’s agent Miles Anthony said last night: “My thoughts and prayers are with my client and friend Sean Brosnan who lost his beautiful sister Charlotte over the weekend.”

Charlotte is also survived by her long-term partner Alex and her children, Isabella and Lucas. Actor Robert Davi, who has also featured in the Bond franchise, used Twitter to send his condolences, saying:

“Just been informed. My friend Pierce Brosnan has lost his daughter to an illness. My prayers and love go out to him and his family.”

Mr Brosnan’s ‘Remington Steele’ co-star Stephanie Zimbalist also released a statement asking for “love, prayers and sympathy” for the Brosnan family.

Charlotte’s death comes just three months after Brosnan gave an interview in which he spoke about how the death of his first wife Cassandra was “the worst time of his life”.

Despite initially vowing never to marry again, Brosnan married American journalist Keely Shaye Smith a decade later at Ballintubber Abbey in Co Mayo. The couple have two sons, Dylan (16) and Paris (12).

Irish Independent

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