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It’s with a heavy heart that I report Sean Connery has passed away.

The Brittish-born and Oscar-winning actor, who skyrocketed to fame for his role as James Bond, died in his sleep in the Bahamas. He had been unwell for some time.

Sean’s son, Jason Connery, confirmed his death to BBC.

[He] had many of his family who could be in the Bahamas around him.

We are all working at understanding this huge event as it only happened so recently, even though my dad has been unwell for some time. 

A sad day for all who knew and loved my dad and a sad loss for all people around the world who enjoyed the wonderful gift he had as an actor.

The legendary actor was 90.

Via Variety:

Connery was an audience favorite for more than 40 years and one of the screen’s most reliable and distinctive leading men. Once pigeonholed as Ian Fleming’s sexy Agent 007, he went on to distinguish himself with a long and mature career in such films as “The Wind and the Lion,” “The Man Who Would Be King” and “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.”

His turn as a tough Irish cop in Depression-era Chicago in Brian De Palma’s “The Untouchables” (1987) brought him a supporting actor Oscar.

Even as he entered his seventh decade, Connery’s star power remained so strong that he was constantly in demand and handsomely remunerated. In 1999 he was selected People magazine’s Sexiest Man of the Century, and from his 007 days to “Entrapment” (1999), opposite the much-younger Catherine Zeta-Jones, his screen roles more than justified the choice. Age seemed only to intensify his sex appeal and virility.

My sincerest condolences and prayers to all who knew and loved Sean Connery.