SEAN CONNERY’S wife Micheline Roquebrune has opened up about the James Bond icon’s final few months in a rare interview following the 90-year-old’s death.
The Scottish Oscar-winner passed away in his sleep surrounded by loved ones at his home in the Bahamas last Saturday, October 31.
Speaking to the Mail on Sunday, Roquebrune revealed the Edinburgh-born actor had been battling with dementia for an unspecified amount of time.
“He had dementia and it took its toll on him. He got his final wish to slip away without any fuss.”
She added: “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.”
Connery and Roquebrune married back in 1975 with his widow expressing gratitude for the many happy years they enjoyed together.
“He was gorgeous and we had a wonderful life together. He was a model of a man,” she said.
“It is going to be very hard without him, I know that. But it could not last for ever and he went peacefully.”
No cause of death has yet been confirmed though Connery’s son Jason has indicated his father had been unwell for a long period time.
"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,” he told the BBC.
"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."