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Pierce Brosnan's daughter dies of ovarian cancer aged 41

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Pierce Brosnan's daughter, Charlotte, has died aged only 41 years old after a three-year battle with ovarian cancer.

"Charlotte fought her cancer with grace and humanity, courage and dignity,"Brosnan said in a statement. "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."

Sadly the cancer seemed to be genetic as both Charlotte’s mother, Cassandra Harris who was Brosnan’s first wife and her grandmother had succumbed to the illness. Brosnan adopted both Charoltte and her brother after both Cassandra and their biological father died.

Brosnan left the set of his new film, November Man to rush to his daughter’s side as her condition worsened. Charlotte died surrounded by firends, family and loved ones including her two children, aged 14 and 8.

Brosnan recently discussed the trauma of losing his first wife in an interview – words that are all the more poignant in the light of this new tragedy.

"I went through it all, very publicly. Such things draw a mark across your heart and it’s always a part of your life. To watch someone you love have their life eaten away – bit by bit, by this insidious and horrid disease – becomes an indelible part of your psyche," he said."

Brosnan expressed his thanks to people for "their heartfelt condolences".

"We pray for her and that the cure for this wretched disease will be close at hand soon," he said.

Annwen Jones, chief executive, of Target Ovarian Cancer has also paid tribute.

"Our deepest condolences go out to the family of Charlotte Brosnan, particularly following the deaths of other family members to the same disease," she said.

"Too few women understand the connection between familial breast and ovarian cancer, and more must be done to raise awareness of the familial links of ovarian cancer, and improve treatments.

"We encourage all women to know their family history - on both their mother's and father's sides, and visit their doctor with any concerns.

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