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    Sir Roger Moore Has Died At The Age Of 89

    A family statement shared on the actor's Twitter account said: "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."

    Sir Roger Moore – best known for playing James Bond in films such as The Man With the Golden Gun, The Spy Who Loved Me, and Octopussy – has died after a short battle with cancer, according to a family statement.

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    Representatives for Moore who were contacted by BuzzFeed News confirmed the statement, which was posted on his Twitter account.

    "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 family said.

    With the heaviest of hearts, we must share the awful news that our father, Sir Roger Moore, passed away today. We a… https://t.co/oUgJANxwHJ

    They added: "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 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."

    Moore starred as Bond for the first time in 1973 in Live and Let Die, after Sean Connery left the role. Moore continued playing Bond for 12 years, before handing the role over to Timothy Dalton.

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    Asked on Life Stories about whether he ever got tired of the "Bond, James Bond" line, he responded: "It's not a terrible joke, but I did have one man say to me, 'My name is Bond, James Bond.' And he really was called James Bond."

    As an actor, he was much more than one role. He starred or appeared in more than 80 films and television shows throughout his life, including The Persuaders, The Dream Team, and The Saint.

    He told BBC News in 2014 he had wanted to call his autobiography One Lucky Bastard because it "is what I consider I am". (The book ended up being called Last Man Standing.)

    Moore also dedicated a great deal of time to charity work and was an ambassador for UNICEF. His tireless efforts resulted in his knighthood, which he received from the Queen in 2003.

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    His work for the charity included visiting UNICEF projects all over the world, including in Central America, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Japan, and Mexico. He also ran a charity auction of various Bond memorabilia in 2012 that raised nearly £750,000 for UNICEF.

    A statement by the charity's executive director Anthony Lake sent to BuzzFeed News said: "All of us at UNICEF extend our deepest sympathies to the Moore family, and join his many friends and admirers from around the world in paying tribute to his life and mourning his loss. He will be deeply missed."

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