Sean Connery, Micheline Roquebrune Ian Jacobs/Getty Images

Sean Connery’s spouse Micheline Roquebrune stated in a rare interview that her partner suffered from dementia prior to his death.

The legendary Scottish actor, the first to play James Bond in a film, passed away at age 90 in the Bahamas, his family revealed on Saturday, Oct.31 He had lived there completely because he mainly retired from acting in 2003.

Roquebrune, Connery’s partner of 45 years and a 91- year-old French-Moroccan artist, talked to the Send By Mail on Sunday about her other half’s health and his last days in an interview posted online on Sunday, Nov. 1.

” He had dementia and it took its toll on him,” she said. “He got his final desire to slip away without any difficulty.”

She told the newspaper, “It was no life for him.

The Mail on Sunday also released a photo explained as one of the last pictures of Connery with Roquebrune, taken on May 6 in the Bahamas on the couple’s 45 th wedding anniversary.

Roquebrune said Connery “was beautiful and we had a fantastic life together. He was a design of a man. It is going to be really hard without him, I know that. But it might not last permanently and he went quietly.”

In 2013, a German newspaper Bild am Sonntag published an unofficial report that claimed that actor Michael Caine had said Connery had actually been struggling with memory loss. The report resulted in online rumors that Connery had Alzheimer’s illness. Connery’s publicist later on informed The Scotsman paper that the story was ” ludicrous” and “truly ridiculous and rubbish,” including that the star was in health “psychologically and physically”.

Caine himself later on told the Scottish paper The Daily Record, “This stuff about Alzheimer’s is just rubbish.”

” I can just assume that someone has twisted my words or got the wrong end of the stick,” he added. “I haven’t seen Sean for a couple of years but my wife and I spoke to him on the phone on his birthday this week and he was very well. He was great, in complete control of his senses and his usual self. I have no concept where they are getting this things from. I know Sean was rather ill a year or so earlier. However he is far better now and it was never anything to do with his mindset.”

In addition to Roquebrune, Connery is likewise made it through by children Jason Connery, who is from a previous marriage, and stepson Stephane

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” We are all operating at comprehending this huge event as it only happened so recently, despite the fact that my papa has actually been weak for some time,” Jason had informed the BBC in a declaration. “An unfortunate day for all who knew and liked my dad and an unfortunate loss for all individuals all over the world who took pleasure in the fantastic present he had as a star.”

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