English actress Dame Diana Rigg, famous for roles including Emma Peel in TV series The Avengers and Olenna Tyrell in Game of Thrones, has passed away. She was 82.
Her agent disclosed that she passed away peacefully early this morning. Her family was beside her when she died. Dame’s family requested the public to respect their privacy.
Recently, Rigg featured in the 2020 adaptation of All Creatures Great and Small. She was playing the role of Mrs. Pumphrey.
Dame Diana was best known for playing Tracy, the only woman who became Mrs. James Bond, in the 1969 film On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.
Her daughter revealed that she died early this morning. Dame was suffering from cancer in March and spent her last moments of her life with her family.
Her daughter said Rigg died in her sleep this morning, having been diagnosed with cancer in March.
She said she “spent her last months joyfully reflecting on her extraordinary life, full of love, laughter and a deep pride in her profession. I will miss her beyond words.”
— Channel 4 News (@Channel4News) September 10, 2020
Celebrities and her fans took to Twitter to pay tribute to the actress.
— lizo mzimba (@lizo_mzimba) September 10, 2020
Very sad to hear the news about Diana Rigg. A hero of mine since the age of 10 when C4 repeated episodes of The Avengers and I first saw Mrs Peel karate chopping baddies like a boss pic.twitter.com/u0OnKPVTLZ
— Beth Abbit (@BethAbbitMEN) September 10, 2020
Oh no, Diana Rigg! Literally watched The Crimson Horror last night with the kids. She’s absolutely deliciously unhinged and evil in it pic.twitter.com/nznbWa7xaU
— Martin Belam (@MartinBelam) September 10, 2020