Pierce Brosnan has lost his daughter to the same disease that took his first wife from him. At 41 she was only two years younger than her mother was when she died from Ovarian Cancer back in 1991. The story of Brosnan’s life is full of tragedy and challenges which he has had to come through either for himself or for his family. He is someone I admire a lot not only for his acting roles but also for the way he carries himself and uses his celebrity to help others.
“On June 28 at 2 p.m. my darling daughter Charlotte Emily passed on to eternal life, having succumbed to ovarian cancer. She was surrounded by her husband Alex, children Isabella and Lucas and brothers Christopher and Sean.”
“Charlotte fought her cancer with grace and humanity, courage and dignity. Our hearts are heavy with the loss of our beautiful dear girl. We pray for her and that the cure for this wretched disease will be close at hand soon. We thank everyone for their heartfelt condolences.” – Pierce Brosnan statement
When he married Cassandra Harris in 1980 he gained two children from her previous relationship, Christopher and Charlotte and in 1986 he formally adopted them after the death of their father. A year later he had to return from filming in India to be with his wife as she first began to show signs of cancer. Four years later she passed away and he was heartbroken. For this to happen twice in his life to two of the most important women in his life is so sad and difficult to even try to understand. The other important female in his life is his mother May and she had to bring him up on her own after his father walked out on the family when he was only four years old. Family is obviously important to him so it’s such a bitter irony that he has lost so many of his family over the years.
His work for female Cancer awareness and fundraising charities is something which is close to him and I’m sure once he has had time to deal with this bereavement that he will continue his work to find a cure for this “insidious and horrid disease”. That alongside his work for UNICEF and his conservation and selling and donating his paintings for these causes he uses his creativity to help others. He left school to become a painter so to revisit this passion later in life has been something that has allowed him a release from public life.
From Bond to Thomas Crowne, The Matador to Evelyn he is a highly accomplished actor in my opinion, but more importantly he is a great human being – one who has fought through numerous set-backs and always found his feet again. While this will bring back memories of the passing of his first wife, he has a great family round him and huge public support to help him come to terms with his loss. His second wife Keely and four sons will be a great comfort to him at this time and I hope that he is not away from our screens for too long as he is always someone I want to go and see at the cinema.
Ovarian Cancer claims twelve lives in the UK each day and only has a one in three chance of survival. Cancer is not something that money or fame can stop and it is indiscriminate in its choice of victim. In Charlotte’s case the genetic link with her mother’s fight with cancer means that her chances were higher. As the fourth biggest cancer in women it is still not a fashionable thing to talk about or discuss, but like all cancers knowledge and understanding can be the first step to beating it. Through websites like Macmillan http://www.macmillan.org.uk/Cancerinformation/Cancertypes/Ovary/Ovariancancer.aspx or Cancer Research http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/cancer-info/utilities/atozindex/atoz-ovarian-cancer you can find out about the symptoms and treatments involved. Quick diagnosis and treatment is the best way to tackle this horrible disease and beyond that the fantastic work of these charities will hopefully see a breakthrough soon for those fighting this illness.