Sir Sean Connery, famed for his role as the legendary James Bond, died at his home in the Bahamas last Saturday aged 90. The news of his death comes after a long battle with dementia.
The legendary actor was an icon of stage and screen, performing in everything from intense dramas to action blockbusters.
Sir Jackie Stewart, 81, has today spoken out following the news of his friend’s death.
The ex-racing car driver believes that Sean would not have wanted to suffer with the disease and remarked that it was a “sad sight” to see him unwell.
Appearing on Good Morning Britain, Jackie said: “I saw him not too long before he died and it was a sad sight.
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Jackie also opened up about his friendship with the late actor, who he praised amid his “terrible illness”.
“He was an amazing man and a great, great friend,” the British champion explained.
“You couldn’t have done more to find someone that good. It’s a great loss.”
Jackie continued: “Sadly, he took around more than two years of large discomfort, it’s a terrible illness.
“I know because my wife Helen, sadly, also has dementia. It’s a great loss to Scotland, Britain and the world.”
Praising Sean’s six film run as 007, he added: “He was James Bond.
“The new man (Daniel Craig) is terrific but Sean had something that was different to everybody else.”
Jackie added that Sean remained a “private man” despite his notoriety.
He recalled: “He was quite a private man, that was one of the reasons we enjoyed each other. He wanted to get away from it all from time to time. He used to stay with us in Switzerland.
“He brought Stephen Spielberg and Harrison Ford with him! We had the rich and famous. But, the focus was on one man and that was Sean.”
Sean’s death was confirmed by his family in a statement last weekend.