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Sir Sean Connery battled dementia before his death reveals his wife: ‘It was no life for him’

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Sir Sean Connery battled dementia before his death reveals his wife: ‘It was no life for him’


Sir Sean Connery is survived by his wife Micheline (Picture: Araldo Di Crollalanza/REX)

Sir Sean Connery suffered dementia in the later years of his life, his wife has revealed while sharing details of his death this weekend. 

The James Bond legend died on Saturday at the age of 90 surrounded by his loved ones including his second wife of 45 years Micheline. 

According to the Moroccan-French painter, Sir Sean had always wanted to die peacefully without a ‘fuss’. 

Opening up about Sir Sean’s health battles, Micheline told the Mail Online: ‘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.’ 

Recalling her husband fondly, Micheline 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, I know that. But it could not last forever and he went peacefully. 

Micheline, 91, met Sir Sean at a golf tournament in 1970 and married five years later. They did not have children together but the Scottish actor had a son, Jason, from his marriage to first wife Diane Cilento. Micheline also has three children from previous marriages – Oliver, Micha and Stephane. 

Sir Sean wished to die ‘peacefully’ and ‘without a fuss’ (Picture: FilmMagic)

Former James Bond actor Pierce Brosnan also paid tribute to Sir Sean last night, and said: ‘Sir Sean Connery, you were my greatest James Bond as a boy, and as a man who became James Bond himself. You cast a long shadow of cinematic splendour that will live on forever.

‘You led the way for us all who followed in your iconic footsteps. Each man in his turn looked to you with reverence and admiration as we forged ahead with our own interpretations of the role.’ 

He added: ‘You were mighty in every way, as an actor and as a man, and will remain so till the end of time. You were loved by the world, and will be missed. God bless, rest now, be at peace.’ 

Sir Sean and Micheline were married for 45 years (Picture: EPA)

Pierce starred as 007 in four Bond movies, including Die Another Day and Tomorrow Never Dies. 

Screen icon Robert De Niro, who starred with Sir Sean in 1978 movie The Untouchables, said: ‘I’m very sorry to hear about Sean’s passing. He seemed much younger than 90; I expected – and hoped – he’d be with us much longer. See you up there, Sean.’ 

Daniel Craig, the current and longest-standing James Bond actor, added: ‘It is with such sadness that I heard of the passing of one of the true greats of cinema. Sir Sean Connery will be remembered as Bond and so much more. He defined an era and a style.

‘The wit and charm he portrayed on screen could be measured in megawatts; he helped create the modern blockbuster. He will continue to influence actors and film-makers alike for years to come. 

‘My thoughts are with his family and loved ones. Wherever he is, I hope there is a golf course.’ 

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