Sir Christopher Lee has died at the age of 93.The legendary actor had been hospitalised for respiratory problems and heart failure.
The news is coming a few days after his death – a decision made by his wife of 50 years, Danish model and painter Gitte Kroencke. Ms Kroencke understandably wanted to inform family members first, before releasing the news to the public.
The Fellowship of the Ring star was most famous for his villainous roles, playing the roles of Count Dracula, the Frankenstein monster and Fu Manchu. He also starred as the Bond villain opposite Roger Moore in The Man with the Golden Gun.
Sir Lee also boasted the incredible fact of being the only member of The Lord of the Rings franchise to ever actually meet JRR Tolkien, who was born in 1892.
The star who was also a heavy metal musician has one final film that will be released posthumously, Angels in Notting Hill.
Sir Lee was also set to star opposite Uma Thurman in The 11th, a drama based around the events of September 11th. However, filming had yet to begin when the 93-year-old passed away.