Longest-serving James Bond star Roger Moore dies at 89

Veteran British actor Roger Moore, currently starring with Jean-Claude Van Damme in the new action-adventure film “The Quest,” poses for a portrait, April 22, 1996 in the Studio City section of Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

LONDON (AP) — Roger Moore, the longest-serving movie star to play iconic British spy James Bond in the famed film series, has died in Switzerland after a brief bout with cancer. He was 89.

A message from his family shared on the actor’s official Twitter account Tuesday read: “With the heaviest of hearts, we must share the awful news that our father, Sir Roger Moore, passed away today. We are all devastated.”

The statement continued that 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.”

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