Sir Sean Connery’s widow Micheline Roquebrune has confirmed that the late James Bond star had been diagnosed with dementia.
Sir Sean, who starred in films including Dr No, From Russia with Love and Goldfinger, died aged 90 in the Bahamas on Friday.
“It was no life for him,” Roquebrune told The Mail on Sunday.
“He had dementia and it took its toll on him. He got his final wish to slip away without any fuss.”
She added the actor “was not able to express himself” in the period leading up to his death.
Sir Sean and Roquerbrune, a Moroccan-French painter, married in 1975.
Roquerbrune told the newspaper: “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.”
She added it would would be “very hard without him” and described him as a “model of a man”.