The popular multiple award-winning Scottish actor, Sean Connery, who was best known for his portrayal of James Bond has been confirmed dead.
The actor whose death was disclosed by his son, Jason Connery, have been said to be ‘unwell’ for sometime.
The man who was said to be the first to bring the role of James Bond to the big screen reportedly died peacefully in his sleep.
Jason Connery said his father “had many of his family who could be in the Bahamas around him” when he died overnight.
He added, “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.”
Following the tragic news of Sean’s death, tributes have begun pouring in for the renowned actor.
His fellow Scotsman Robert Carlyle tweeted, “RIP Sir Sean Connery.. a trailblazer, a true legend and a gentleman.”
First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon also paid her respects on social media, saying that Scotland was in mourning.
“I was heartbroken to learn this morning of the passing of Sir Sean Connery. Our nation today mourns one of her best loved sons.
“Sean was born into a working class Edinburgh family and through talent & sheer hard work, became an international film icon and one of the world’s most accomplished actors.”
Piers Morgan shared: “RIP Sir Sean Connery, 90. The first James Bond. The best James Bond. What sad news.”
Connery, from Fountainbridge in Edinburgh, appeared in seven of the spy movies including Dr. No, You Only Live Twice, Diamonds Are Forever, Never Say Never Again. He also appeared as historical figures King Arthur, Robin Hood, and Richard the Lionheart during his illustrious career.
In 2000, he was awarded a knighthood by the Queen at Holyrood Palace for his service to film drama.
Connery was married twice, first to the Australian-born actress Diane Cilento between 1962 and 1973. They had a son, actor Jason Connery, before and he married French-Moroccan painter Micheline Roquebrune in 1975.
He is survived by Roquebrune and his son by his first wife, the actor Jason Connery.