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Sean Connery had dementia

Sean Connery with his wife Micheline Roquebrune
Sean Connery with his wife Micheline Roquebrune Image credit: nme.com

The wife hadof legendary actor Sean Connery has revealed he was suffering from dementia before he passed away on Friday at the age of 90.

Micheline Roquebrune, 91, spoke to the Mal on Sunday about her husband’s illness and his final days.

She said: 'It was no life for him. He was not able to express himself latterly. At least he died in his sleep and it was just so peaceful. I was with him all the time and he just slipped away. It was what he wanted.

'He had dementia and it took its toll on him. He got his final wish to slip away without any fuss.'

Connery appeared in numerous movies, but he will be most remembered for being the first James Bond.

In a joint statement by Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson the pair paid tribute to the star saying: “We are devastated by the news of the passing of Sir Sean Connery. He was and shall always be remembered as the original James Bond whose indelible entrance into cinema history began when he announced those unforgettable words…

“The name’s Bond… James Bond” — he revolutionised the world with his gritty and witty portrayal of the sexy and charismatic secret agent. He is undoubtedly largely responsible for the success of the film series and we shall be forever grateful to him.”

Sir Sean Connery donated his $250,000 salary from his role as King Richard in 1991 film Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves to charity.