As millions of fans are mourning the passing of Sean Connery, his family is speaking out about his life and his final days.
This week, the beloved star, who captured movie lovers’ hearts with countless films, died at the age of 90 in his home in Nassau, The Bahamas.
Connery slipped away in his sleep, according to his wife, Micheline Roquebrune. The legendary Scottish actor, known for starring in seven Bond films, was privately battling dementia for multiple years.
The widow of the late legend explained that the illness took a toll on him prompting him to make this last wish — pass away peacefully.
Connery’s wife of 45 years, who was by his side when he left this earth, spoke to the Daily Mail and had this to say: “It was no life for him. He was not able to express himself . . . 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.”
Roquebrune, a 91-year-old French-Moroccan painter, confessed to the media outlet that Connery was the love of her life.
The pair met at a golf tournament and were married in 1975. Roquebrune said their romance was terrific, and it will be hard to be without him.
She added: “He was gorgeous, and we had a wonderful life together. He was a model of a man. It is going to be very hard without him, and I know that. But it could not last forever, and he went peacefully.”
Roquebrune revealed that her husband would be cremated, and a memorial service is set for an unknown date.
She shared: “We have not decided what to do. That is something we will talk about soon but he will be cremated in the Bahamas, which is what he wanted.”
It is not known if the actor’s ashes will be returned to Scotland.
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Happy birthday 9️⃣0️⃣ to my dear Sean Sean. I am so lucky to have you as my best friend and have always had you supporting me, always by my side. I admire you for all that you are and can not imagine my life without you. Your humor and love always keeps me going. Missing you always and wish I could be with you on this special day unfortunately corona has other plans 😭 You are my super star and I love you with all my heart! 🥳🤩🥰💞
Connery, an Oscar winner, who was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II, left school at 14 to be a milkman. He went on to become a model before becoming a megastar.
A fan, devasted by the loss, shared: “My deepest condolences to the bereaved family. May his soul rest in peace. Amen🙏.”
This social media user reached out to the family and said: “Since Mr. Connerys’s passing, I wish I knew more about his beautiful wife, Micheline. I had no idea she was a bit older than her husband. She is such a gorgeous woman. The two look so perfect, athletic, and happy. I am sending condolences and good thoughts.”
Another supporter of the actor wrote: “Yes, in fact, we thought Sean Connery was forever forever..but for him. It was time to die..but his legacy is huge and will stay forever and ever.”
Interestingly, Connery was critical of all the gimmicks around the movies that turned him into a superstar.