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On Saturday, the world lost a true legend when Sean Connery, who originated the iconic role of James Bond in the 1960s, passed away at the age of 90. Now, Sean Connery’s widow Micheline is speaking out to reveal what his final moments were like.

Sean Connery’s Widow Recalls The Ravages Of Dementia

Micheline, who was married to Connery for 45 years, shocked the actor’s fans by revealing that he had been suffering from dementia before he died in his sleep at his home in the Bahamas over the weekend.

“It was no life for him,” Micheline, a French-Moroccan painter, told Daily Mail.

“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.”

Micheline, 91, became Connery’s second wife after meeting him on a golf course in Scotland in 1970.

While she’s saddened by his passing, Micheline has decades of fond memories of the life her and Connery shared together.

“He was gorgeous and we had a wonderful life together,” she said. “He was a model of a man. It is going to be very hard without him, I know that. But it could not last for ever and he went peacefully.”

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Pierce Brosnan Pays Tribute To Sean Connery

Tributes have been pouring in for Connery since his passing.

Pierce Brosnan, who played the role of Bond in four films in the 1990s and early 2000s, posted a touching tribute to him on Instagram.

“Sir Sean Connery, you were my greatest James Bond as a boy, and as a man who became James Bond himself,” Brosnan wrote.

“You cast a long shadow of cinematic splendor that will live on forever. You led the way for us all who followed in your iconic foot steps. Each man in his turn looked to you with reverence and admiration as we forged ahead with our own interpretations of the role.”

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

Daniel Craig Honors The Original Bond As Well

Daniel Craig, who currently plays Bond in the franchise, issued a poignant tribute to Connery as well.

“It is with such sadness that I heard of the passing of one of the true greats of cinema,” said Craig.

“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,” he added. “Wherever he is, I hope there is a golf course.”

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Sean Connery brought joy to millions of people throughout his lengthy career in Hollywood. May he rest in peace.