Jun 29, 2020
Pierce Brosnan pays tribute to his late daughter Charlotte: ‘Here’s looking at you, kid’
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Pierce Brosnan took to Instagram on Sunday to mark the seventh anniversary of his daughter Charlotte Brosnan's passing.
The former James Bond star shared a snap from his Hawaii home taken by his wife Keely Shaye Smith, which revealed a touching tribute to the late mother of two.
“Here’s looking at you kid,” the 67-year-old captioned the photo.“In remembrance of Charlotte and with happy birthday wishes for my darling Marley May.”
The actor referred to his granddaughter, who turned five this month.
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Charlotte died on June 28, 2013, at age 41 after a battle with ovarian cancer, U.K.’s DailyMail reported. According to the outlet, it’s the same disease that claimed the life of her mother Cassandra Harris -- Brosnan’s first wife -- in 1991 when she was 43.
Charlotte is survived by her husband and two children.
The outlet shared Brosnan became Charlotte’s adopted father when he married Harris in 1980. She had two children, Charlotte and Christopher, 46, from a previous marriage to producer Dermot Harris, who passed away in 1986.
Harris and Brosnan’s son Sean, 36, is the father of Marley May, whose middle name is Cassandra in tribute to her late grandmother.
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Actor Pierce Brosnan with his daughter Charlotte Brosnan at The Orange British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs) on February 19, 2006, in London, England. (Photo by Dave M. Benett/Getty Images)
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A year after Charlotte’s death, Brosnan reflected on losing the two women who influenced his life at the Stand Up To Cancer telethon.
“To watch someone you love have his or her life eaten away bit by bit by this insidious disease, that kind of sorrow becomes an indelible part of your psyche,” he said at the time, as quoted by the outlet.
“I held the generous, strong, beautiful hand of my first wife Cassie as ovarian cancer took her life much too soon,” he continued. “And just last year, I held the hand of my funny, wonderful daughter Charlotte before she died from this wretched, inherited disease.”
Brosnan found love again and met Smith in 1994. The couple tied the knot in 2001 and share two sons.
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In 2018, Brosnan told Closer Weekly Smith has helped him overcome personal tragedy.
“You have to trust and follow your heart,” said the former 007 actor at the time. “And try to meet the best people in life. When Keely looks at me, I go weak. I love her vitality, her passion. She has this strength that I wouldn’t be able to live without… I found a great woman in Keely. Not if I searched a million times over would I find one as good.
“There are so many lessons you learn each day and each passing year,” he added. “It’s important to have good faith in yourself and to know yourself as much as you can, and then to go out there and do good things.”
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Former Pope Benedict's Tribute Read at Elder Brother's Funeral
REGENSBURG, Germany (Reuters) - A tribute from former Pope Benedict XVI was read out on Wednesday at the funeral of his elder brother Georg Ratzinger, a priest and choirmaster, who died last week aged 96.
Benedict's long-serving private secretary Archbishop Georg Gaenswein choked back tears as he read the tribute, which recalled Ratzinger's dedication to leading the famed cathedral choir in Regensburg, southern Germany, for 30 years.
"This service was a great joy to him," the 93-year-old Benedict wrote, expressing gratitude that he had been able to pay his brother a final visit in June. It was Benedict's first trip outside Italy since 2013, the year he resigned the papacy.
"He did not ask me to visit him, but I could feel that the time had come to travel to him once again," Benedict said in his message.
The choir, the Regensburg Domspatzen - or Cathedral Sparrows - performed at the funeral service, where Rudolf Voderholzer, bishop of Regensburg, recalled Ratzinger's early musical gift and his three decades of directing the Cathedral choir.
In his later years, Ratzinger faced criticism after allegations surfaced of choirboys having been abused by other staff there. Ratzinger always denied any knowledge of the abuse.
He and his brother entered a seminary to train as priests at the same time in January 1946 after both serving in the army before Nazi Germany's defeat at the end of World War Two.
Even following Benedict's elevation to the papacy in 2005, the brothers remained in close touch, with Georg telling the Welt am Sonntag newspaper that his brother would regularly call him on a private phone whose number only the Pontiff knew.
(Reporting by Reuters TV, writing by Thomas Escritt; Editing by Gareth Jones)
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