“I don’t look at the cup as half full, believe me,” Pierce Brosnan once said.
After a number of tragedies that have taken over his life, Pierce Brosnan can no longer hide the pain that comes with losing his loved ones. “The dark, melancholy Irish black dog sits beside me from time to time,” he told Esquire.
As a father who dearly loved his daughter, Charlotte, he had to stand back and helplessly watch as her body slowly gave up to ovarian cancer, the same disease that caused his wife Cassandra’s death, 22 years ago.
“To watch someone you love have his or her life eaten away bit by bit by this insidious disease, that kind of sorrow becomes an indelible part of your psyche,” the actor said at a Stand Up to Cancer event, according to Good Housekeeping. “I held the generous, strong, beautiful hand of my first wife Cassie as ovarian cancer took her life much too soon. And just last year, I held the hand of my funny, wonderful daughter Charlotte before she too died from this wretched, inherited disease.”
Charlotte and her brother, Christopher, were Cassandra’s children from her previous marriage. But in 1986, after their father died, Brosnan was more than happy to become their official father by adopting them while the kids took his surname.
“We just clicked as a family,” Brosnan said, as quoted by Mirror. “To begin with I was Pierce, then I was Daddy Pierce, and then I just became Dad. Charlotte and Chris have just been amazing in my life.”
In 2013, Charlotte had just married the man she loved, Alex, weeks before she passed away at the age of 41. According to Fabiosa, it was Pierce Brosnan who walked her down the aisle not long before her battle against cancer was lost, leaving behind her husband, children, and a heart-broken father.
“On June 28 at 2 p.m. my darling daughter Charlotte Emily passed on to eternal life, having succumbed to ovarian cancer,” Brosnan said in a statement obtained, according to E! News. “She was surrounded by her husband Alex, children Isabella and Lucas and brothers Christopher and Sean.”
He went on to say, “Charlotte fought her cancer with grace and humanity, courage and dignity. Our hearts are heavy with the loss of our beautiful dear girl.”
In just over two decades, he tragically lost two of the people most important to him because of the same disease. He also added, “We pray for her and that the cure for this wretched disease will be close at hand soon. We thank everyone for their heartfelt condolences.”
As Brosnan grieved for the daughter he so cared for, he fondly remembered how she could always make his daughter laugh. One of the actor’s friends of many years, Nancy Ellison told People that Charlotte was the “custodian of laughter”.
Ellison described her as “a bubbly, almost kind of goofy, gorgeous girl” and said, “Pierce wrote to me after she died that the most intense memory that he had was of always being able to make Charlotte laugh. He wanted to be able to make her laugh again.”
In an email that Brosnan sent to Ellison, he wrote, “Just to either side sits sorrow and grief. However, my head is unbowed and my spirit is Irish strong. I have faith that from it all will come a beauty.”
Ellison has known the actor for over three decades and said, “His grief makes him a poet… I forget that about him because he doesn’t live in grief. But now and then, grief hits him again, and this rushing poetry comes out of him. This heart bursts open that feels pain but somehow looks for beauty at the same time.”References: