Roger Moore is known for playing the secret agent James Bond and also known for playing Simon Templar on TV. He was born in London on October 15, 1927 and was the only child of a housewife and a policeman. He is survived by his fourth wife, Kristina Tholstrup, whom he married in 2002. Prior to his cancer illness, Moore had a series of childhood diseases. He was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 1993, and in 2003 Moore collapsed on stage while appearing in a Broadway production.

Moore also wrote a book about the filming of "Live and Let Die" that is based on his diaries.

On October 16, 2012, "Bond On Bond" was published to tie in with the 50th anniversary of the James Bond films.

Family announces death on social media

The family stated on Moore’s official 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 love with which he was surrounded in his final days was so great it cannot be quantified in words alone," said his three children Deborah, Geoffrey and Christian. Moore's private funeral will be held in Monaco as he wishes.

Moore will be remembered as a passionate actor in his films and television shows.

His work in UNICEF is considered to be his greatest achievement. In 2003, he was promoted to Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire for services to UNICEF and Kiwanis International, a United States-based, non-profit educational organization.

The stars state their tributes

Many are saddened by Moore’s death, especially his friends in the showbiz.

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The stars also paid tributes on their social media accounts.

Michael Ball said,"My dearest uncle Roger has passed on. What a sad, sad day this is. Loved the bones of him. Generous, funny, beautiful and kind."

Mia Farrow wrote: "Few are as kind & giving as was Roger Moore. Loving thoughts with his family & friends," while Boy George added, "RIP Sir Roger Moore.

He was the king of cool."

Duran Duran, who sang the Bond theme song for "A View To A Kill," tweeted, "RIP Roger."

Fellow UNICEF ambassador and actor Ewan McGregor said, "Thank you, Roger, for having championed so tirelessly the rights of all children for the last 26 years."

Moore told NPR in 2014 that he did not believe that death was the end, "My attitude about death is, going into the next room, and it's a room that the rest of us can't get into because we don't have the key," before continuing, "But when we do get the key, we'll go in there and we'll see one another again, in some shape or form, or whatever."