James Bond actor Sir Sean Connery has died of pneumonia and heart failure in his sleep at the age of 90, his death certificate has been revealed.
Connery’s official cause of death has been listed as “respiratory failure” caused by pneumonia, old age and atrial fibrillation – heart disease causing irregular and rapid heart rate.
Atrial fibrillation can, in turn, increase the risk of heart failure and stroke.
He died in the Bahamas at the age of 90 and the report – obtained by TMZ – states that he is married and lists his profession as “retired actor”.
The James Bond legend leaves behind his wife Micheline, Jason and his other son Stefan.
At the time of his death, Jason told the BBC: “We are all working to understand this huge event as it has only happened so recently, even though my father has been ill for some time.
“A sad day for everyone who knew and loved my father and a sad loss for everyone around the world who appreciated the wonderful gift he had as an actor.
A final poignant photo of James Bond legend Sean Connery, who died in his sleep at the age of 90 last month, showed him posing with his son Jason on his 89th birthday. Pictured left: Jason’s partner Fiona Upton
The James Bond actor (pictured) has died of pneumonia and heart failure in his sleep aged 90, his death certificate revealed
Connery, whose film career spans five decades, is best known for being the first to embody the role of the British fictional spy 007 he played between 1962 and 1971.
Connery, whose film career spans five decades, is best known for being the first to portray the role of the British fictional spy 007 he played between 1962 and 1971.
News of Connery’s official cause of death comes after his widow revealed how Bond star Connery is ‘going home’.
Speaking from the couple’s luxury home in Lyford Cay this month, Ms Connery said: ‘We’re going to bring Sean back to Scotland – that was his last wish. He wanted his ashes to be scattered throughout the Bahamas and also in his homeland.
The 91-year-old Moroccan-French painter, married to the actor for nearly half a century, intends to make his wishes come true as soon as possible.
She said: ‘Whenever it is possible and safe to travel again, the family intend to return to Scotland with him.
“We would like to organize a memorial service for him in Scotland – it is our hope. But we can’t say when exactly that will happen.
Sir Sean Connery’s widow Micheline (pictured together) said that although the Bond star had lived abroad for many years, his ‘last wish’ was to return home
“Sean will be cremated on a private service to the Bahamas and his ashes will be kept until we can travel. We don’t know when that will be possible.
She paid a moving tribute to her late husband saying, “He was wonderful and we had a wonderful life together. He was a model of a man.
She revealed how he had been ravaged by dementia lately, saying, “He couldn’t speak. It wasn’t a life.
“I was with him all the time and he died very peacefully in his sleep.
“He just escaped and we were there with him the whole time. “
A memorial thank you service in Edinburgh would see Sir Sean’s brother Neil, who lives in the city, pay tribute to his only brother.
It has not been confirmed where in Scotland Connery’s ashes will be scattered. One option would be in the capital, where he grew up and took his first job as a milkman
The 82-year-old man recently suffered from poor health.
It has not been confirmed where in Scotland Connery’s ashes will be scattered. One option would be in the capital, where he grew up and took his first job as a milkman.
His childhood home was demolished decades ago, but Sir Sean has retained a lifelong affection for the city’s Fountainbridge area.
Other possibilities include the Palace of Holyroodhouse, where he received his title of Precious Knight from the Queen in July 2000 while dressed resplendent in dark green MacLeod tartan.
The Palace option would mean asking for royal permission, but the star was a friend of the Princess Royal.
If the decision is based on beauty and loneliness, then Crinan and Lochgilphead can be considered.
The Argyll locations were used during the filming of the 1963 classic 007 From Russia With Love – Sir Sean’s second outing as James Bond.