'James Bond' actor Sean Connery dies at 90

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"James Bond" actor Sir Sean Connery has passed away.

He was 90.

BBC was the first to report the news. Connery’s son, Jason Connery, said his father was “unwell for some time” prior to passing on Friday night.

He was among the sources that confirmed his father’s death, telling the BBC that Connery died in his sleep surrounded by “many of his family who could be in the Bahamas.”

The official James Bond Twitter posted the news shortly after.

Producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli paid tribute to the late actor writing “We are devastated by the news of the passing of Sir Sean Connery. He was and shall always be remembered as the original James Bond whose indelible entrance into cinema history began when he announced those unforgettable words — “The name’s Bond... James Bond” — he revolutionised the world with his gritty and witty portrayal of the sexy and charismatic secret agent. He is undoubtedly largely responsible for the success of the film series and we shall be forever grateful to him.”

Celebrity tributes began to pour in immediately.

Salma Hayek wrote: "It saddens me that today the legendary Sean Connery passed away. At least he lived to be 90. My heart goes out to his close ones. May he rest in peace."

Hugh Jackman "idolized" Connery calling him a legend “on screen, and off.”