Wife reveals Sean Connery's final wish before death

Yahoo News Staff
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Sir Sean Connery’s widow has revealed his final wish after he died peacefully in his sleep with his family by his side.

The famed actor who is known for bringing James Bond to life passed away at his home in the Bahamas at the age of 90, with his death confirmed in a statement to 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,” his son Jason said in the statement.

His wife of nearly 50 years has since revealed she was with Connery when he passed and said his dementia “took its toll on him”.

Sean Connery and his wife Micheline Roquebrune married in 1975 and were together until his death in 2020. Source: Getty
Sean Connery and his wife Micheline Roquebrune married in 1975 and were together until his death in 2020. Source: Getty

“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,” Micheline Roquebrune told the MailOnline.

“He had dementia and it took its toll on him. He got his final wish to slip away without any fuss.”

The two married in 1975, following Connery’s split from his first wife, Diane Cilento.

It was Connery and Ms Roquebrune’s mutual love for golf that brought the two together as they met at tournament in Morocco, Closer Weekly reported.

In a 2011 interview with The Sun, Ms Roquebrune said she had no idea who Connery was when they first met, despite his already successful career as an actor.

Actor Sean Connery had dementia, his wife Micheline Roquebrune revealed following his death. Source: Getty Images
Actor Sean Connery had dementia, his wife Micheline Roquebrune revealed following his death. Source: Getty Images

In that same interview, Connery and Ms Roquebrune revealed they were unable to speak to each other when they first met – as she spoke fluent French and Spanish.

“Oh we had no problem communicating — body language!” she told The Sun.

When Connery was accepting his Academy Award for his role in The Untouchables, he addressed his wife jokingly.

“In winning this award, it creates a certain dilemma because I had decided that if I had the good fortune to win, that I would give it to my wife, who deserves it,” he said.

“But, this evening, I discovered backstage that they’re worth $15,000 — now I am not so sure. Micheline, I am only kidding. It’s yours.”

Sean Connery smiles with his son Jason and his partner Fiona Upton, last year in what is believed to be the last photo of the acting legend. Source: Twitter/@fifibaggins
Sean Connery smiles with his son Jason and his partner Fiona Upton. Source: Twitter/@fifibaggins

In 2007, Connery announced he had retired when he turned down the chance to appear in another Indiana Jones movie.

"I thought long and hard about it, and if anything could have pulled me out of retirement it would have been an Indiana Jones film," he said.

"But in the end, retirement is just too damned much fun."

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