Sir Roger Moore passed away early Tuesday morning, May 23, 2017, after a short bout with cancer. The precise type of cancer that the James Bond actor suffered from is unknown at this time, although he was treated for prostate cancer in 1993 and has suffered from several others, including skin cancer. He is survived by his fourth wife, Kristina “Kiki” Tholstrup, and his children, Deborah Moore, Christian Moore, and Geoffrey Moore. All three children are from his previous marriage to Luisa Mattioli, his third wife, whom he divorced in 2000.
His passing is made even more tragic to the Moore family because of the death of his stepdaughter, Christina Knudsen, last year on July 25, 2016. Ms. Knudsen died after a long battle with cancer with Roger and Kristina by her side.
The Moores took to social media to announce the patriarch’s death, announcing his passing on his Twitter feed.
“With the heaviest of hearts, we must share the awful news that our father, Sir Roger Moore, passed away today. We are all devastated.”
A photo accompanying the tweet gave more details, in addition to a heartfelt message from his three children, saying in part, “The love with which he was surrounded in his final days was so great it cannot be quantified in words alone…Thank you Pops for being you, and for being so special to so many people.”
Who Is Roger Moore’s Wife, Kristina Tholstrup?
When Roger Moore was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 1993, it was a low point in his life. According to Moore in an interview with The Evening Standard, “It was rather painful and, in many ways, life changing. I suppose I thought about life and what was going on in mine, and I took some pretty hefty decisions.”
That meant that he left his current wife, actress Luisa Mattioli, and the mother of his three children for Mattioli’s friend, Kristina Tholstrup. At the time, Kristina was recovering at their home after having a double masectomy as treatment for breast cancer. The two had bonded while she was recovering. It was Luisa who made the first move, sending a message to Moore through a friend that she was thinking of him and to pass on her love.
Moore separated from Luisa in 1993 to live with Kristina, but wasn’t granted a divorce until 2000. Luisa was rightfully upset over the perceived betrayal by her friend Kristina, and felt used and discarded by Moore. She publicly was extremely critical of them, writing a tell all, “Nothing Lasts Forever,” and only agreed to a divorce after a £10 million settlement was reached.
Kristina and Roger married in an extremely private ceremony in 2002, and for a time denied that they were even married. Still, Roger Moore loved Kristina, calling her his “soulmate,” and someone who would “bring the happiest years of my life.” The two were nearly inseparable, traveling together as Moore worked with his many charities, including UNICEF and PETA.
Roger Moore’s Children
Roger Moore’s three children are Christian (b. 1973), Deborah (b. 1963), and Geoffrey (b. 1979). All of them were from his third wife, Luisa, who he met on set while filming The Rape of the Sabine Women in Italy.
Christian Moore, Roger Moore’s youngest child, is a producer who works mainly in documentaries. He is married to Heidi Moore and has one daughter, Jessie, who was born in September of 1999.
Deborah Moore is the eldest and is an actress who has appeared in several films and British television shows. She made her debut on an episode of The Persuaders! under the stage name of Deborah Barrymore.
Geoffrey Moore is an actor, director, and producer of several made-for-television films, including Sherlock Holmes in New York(1976), and was an assistant director on the Bond film, A View to a Kill.
The family has announced that there will be a private funeral for Roger Moore in Monaco. It is unknown at this time if there will be a public service for fans who wish to pay their respects to the iconic actor.
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