Sir Richard Attenborough has died aged 90.
The veteran actor and film director sadly passed away at lunchtime on Sunday, August 24, his son Michael has revealed to the BBC.
Sir Richard was famed for his appearances in Brighton Rock, The Great Escape, and Jurassic Park, as well as his directing role in Gandhi, for which he won two Oscar awards—Best Picture and Best Director—in 1983.
The star’s health had been deteriorating after he fell down the stairs at his home in 2008 following a stroke.
Sir Richard’s brother David, 88, revealed in 2011 that his older sibling had been confined to a wheel chair since the stroke and was still able to hold a conversation, but wouldn’t be making any more films.
A year later in 2012, Richard’s wife Sheila Sim, whom he married in 1945, entered the retirement home Denville Hall in Northwood, London, after she was diagnosed with senile dementia.
In March 2013, Richard’s health took a turn for the worse and he was also moved into the nursing home.
Richard and Sheila had three children together, Jane—who was tragically killed in a tsunami along with her daughter Lucy in 2004—and Michael and Charlotte.
Meanwhile, Richard’s family are expected to make a full statement tomorrow, August 25