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Longest-serving James Bond star Roger Moore dies at 89

Associated Press logo Associated Press 5/23/2017
FILE - This is a April 22, 1996 file photo of veteran British actor Roger Moore, poses for a portrait, in the Studio City section of Los Angeles. Roger Moore's family said Tuesday May 23, 2017 that the former James Bond star has died after a short battle with cancer (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello/ File) © The Associated Press FILE - This is a April 22, 1996 file photo of veteran British actor Roger Moore, poses for a portrait, in the Studio City section of Los Angeles. Roger Moore's family said Tuesday May 23, 2017 that the former James Bond star has died after a short battle with cancer (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello/ File)

LONDON (AP) — Roger Moore, the longest-serving movie star to play iconic British spy James Bond in the famed film series, has died in Switzerland after a brief bout with cancer. He was 89.

FILE - This is a May 1968 file photo of British actor Roger Moore of "The Saint" and James Bond fame. Roger Moore's family said Tuesday May 23, 2017 that the former James Bond star has died after a short battle with cancer  (AP Photo/ File) © The Associated Press FILE - This is a May 1968 file photo of British actor Roger Moore of "The Saint" and James Bond fame. Roger Moore's family said Tuesday May 23, 2017 that the former James Bond star has died after a short battle with cancer  (AP Photo/ File)

A message from his family shared on the actor's official Twitter account Tuesday read: "With the heaviest of hearts, we must share the awful news that our father, Sir Roger Moore, passed away today. We are all devastated."

FILE - This is a Saturday, July 2, 2011 file photo of British actor Sir Roger Moore as he arrives at the Monaco palace for the religious wedding ceremony of Prince Albert II of Monaco and Charlene Princess of Monaco. Roger Moore's family said Tuesday May 23, 2017 that the former James Bond star has died after a short battle with cancer  (AP Photo/Michel Spingler, File) © The Associated Press FILE - This is a Saturday, July 2, 2011 file photo of British actor Sir Roger Moore as he arrives at the Monaco palace for the religious wedding ceremony of Prince Albert II of Monaco and Charlene Princess of Monaco. Roger Moore's family said Tuesday May 23, 2017 that the former James Bond star has died after a short battle with cancer  (AP Photo/Michel Spingler, File)

The statement continued that Moore "has passed away today in Switzerland after a short but brave battle with cancer.

FILE - This is a July 8, 1968 file photo of British actor Roger Moore as he poses with Spain's most prized award, the Don Quixote Award, which was presented to him at the Spanish Embassy in London, The award, an equivalent to Hollywood's Oscar, was awarded to him for his role in the British series "The Saint," one of the most popular shows on Spanish TV. Roger Moore's family said Tuesday May 23, 2017 that the former James Bond star has died after a short battle with cancer (AP Photo/ File) © The Associated Press FILE - This is a July 8, 1968 file photo of British actor Roger Moore as he poses with Spain's most prized award, the Don Quixote Award, which was presented to him at the Spanish Embassy in London, The award, an equivalent to Hollywood's Oscar, was awarded to him for his role in the British series "The Saint," one of the most popular shows on Spanish TV. Roger Moore's family said Tuesday May 23, 2017 that the former James Bond star has died after a short battle with cancer (AP Photo/ File)

"The love with which he was surrounded in his final days was so great it cannot be quantified in words alone."

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