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05/23/2017 09:53 am ET Updated May 23, 2017

'James Bond' Actor Sir Roger Moore Dead At 89

Moore's family announced his death with a statement on his Twitter account.

Sir Roger Moore, famous for his role as British secret agent James Bond, died at age 89 on Tuesday.

Moore’s children, Deborah, Geoffrey and Christian, posted a note on his Twitter page to inform fans of his death from cancer in Switzerland. 

“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 his greatest achievement,” the statement said. 

The actor was the third man to play Bond, taking on the role after Sean Connery’s long run. Moore stayed on for a total of seven films in the action franchise between 1973 and 1985. His films as the character included “Live and Let Die” and “The Man with the Golden Gun.”

Moore is perhaps less known for 26 years of work as a Goodwill Ambassador with the charity UNICEF. He became involved in the organization as a result of his long friendship with actress Audrey Hepburn, who spent the last years of her life working with UNICEF. He was knighted on June 14, 2003, for his philanthropic work. 

“Thank you Pops, for being you and for being so special to so many people,” his children’s statement said.

The family will have a private funeral in Monaco, in accordance with his wishes. 

Sir Roger Moore in 2012.
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Sir Roger Moore in 2012.
Roger Moore and wife Kristina Tholstrup after Moore received his Knighthood at Buckingham Palace in London, 2003.
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Roger Moore and wife Kristina Tholstrup after Moore received his Knighthood at Buckingham Palace in London, 2003.
Roger Moore in a publicity still for "A View to Kill" in 1984.
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Roger Moore in a publicity still for "A View to Kill" in 1984.
Roger Moore as Bond in "For Your Eyes Only," 1981.
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Roger Moore as Bond in "For Your Eyes Only," 1981.
Roger Moore promoting "For Your Eyes Only" in Paris with Bond girls.
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Roger Moore promoting "For Your Eyes Only" in Paris with Bond girls.
Jane Seymour and Roger Moore pose during the filming of "Live and Let Die," 1973.
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Jane Seymour and Roger Moore pose during the filming of "Live and Let Die," 1973.
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