He lost his first wife Cassandra to ovarian cancer and then his beautiful daughter Charlotte to the same disease.
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It's never easy to lose someone who has a piece of your heart. To watch your kids grow up and define themselves, only to lose them one day is just downright tough. When you're in such a dark place with seemingly no respite, memories of them are the only thing that keeps you going. Pierce Brosnan experienced this gut-wrenching feeling when he lost his daughter in 2013. Charlotte Brosnan died of Ovarian cancer, according to NY Daily News. She was 41 at the time, and was known as the family's unofficial “custodian of laughter" and Brosnan often made her laugh.
According to People, the actor's long time friend Nancy Ellison revealed that the actor wrote a letter to her stating that the "most intense memory that he had was of always being able to make Charlotte laugh." "He wanted to be able to make her laugh again,” she added. The worst part of it all is that Charlotte's death comes almost 22 years after his wife Cassandra also died due to Ovarian Cancer. Brosnan became stepfather to Charlotte and her brother, Christopher when he married Cassandra Harris, in December, 1980 and had a great bond with them.
Charlotte and Christopher lost their father in 1986, and Brosnan was more than willing to adopt them as his own kids. "To begin with I was Pierce, then I was Daddy Pierce, and then I just became Dad. Charlotte and Chris have just been amazing in my life," said the actor in an interview at the time, reports Mirror. He knew the importance of giving these children a shoulder to lean on because he was abandoned by his own father when he was just a child. He wanted to give them a secure childhood and make sure they knew they were loved and protected. That's why, even after Cassandra's death in 1991, he never left their side.
The actor said, "When your partner gets cancer, then life changes. Your timetable and reference for your normal routines and the way you view life, all this changes. Because you're dealing with death. You're dealing with the possibility of death and dying." It was one of the "hardest times" of his life, and he did everything he could to put a smile on his children's face. "It was and is a terrible loss, and I see it reflected, from time to time, in my children," Brosnan added. Even as he was reeling from the shock of having lost his wife, he never imagined his beloved daughter would die the same way.
When Charlotte started to show signs of her illness, Brosnan was willing to do just about anything to help her daughter because he couldn't bear the thought of losing her the same way he lost his wife. “Pierce was willing to pick up the phone and call anyone, go anywhere, take her anywhere, do anything for her at any time," says Lisa Paulsen, president of the Entertainment Industry Foundation and a longtime family friend of Brosnan, according to People. He made sure she got the best treatment there was and fulfilled her last wishes, one of which was to get married to the love of her life. Brosnan then walked his dying daughter down the aisle so she could say "I do" to the man she loves.
Despite it all, Charlotte couldn't be saved. "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," said the actor in a statement, according to E! News. "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," the statement concluded.
Having lost both his wife and daughter to the same disease, Brosnan went on to become a "fierce champion and ambassador" for cancer research for women. "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," the actor said at a Stand Up to Cancer event. "I held the generous, strong, beautiful hand of my first wife Cassie as ovarian cancer took her life much too soon. And just last year, I held the hand of my funny, wonderful daughter Charlotte before she too died from this wretched, inherited disease," said the actor, according to Good Housekeeping. Despite the devastating loss, he was a good husband and a great father!