- Christopher Plummer, the legendary actor known for a career that spanned seven decades, has passed away at the age of 91
- The thespian's family confirmed the news and said that he died at his home with Elaine Taylor, his wife of 53 years, by his side
- Plummer was an icon of Hollywood and at 82 became the oldest person to ever have won an Academy Award
Christopher Plummer, an actor whose film and stage career spanned across seven decades, has passed away at the age of 91.
The actor's family said in a statement that Plummer had died peacefully in his home in Connecticut.
The statement also added that Plummer passed with Elaine Taylor, his beloved wife of 53 years, right by his side.
Movie fans would have recognised the Canadian national from any number of films that make up his iconic career.
Plummer recently played the role of Harlan Thrombey in the murder mystery Knives Out and and, of course, was catapulted to stardom in 1965 after playing the role of Captain Von Trapp from The Sound of Music.
He had a career that would be the envy of any performer and graced both stage and screen with his talent. Plummer won an Academy Award for his role in Beginners and, at 82, he became and remains the oldest actor to win an Oscar.
Plummer subsequently broke another record at the Oscars after he became the oldest actor to be nominated when, in 2018, he was 88 years old.
The Guardian reported that Plummer's longtime manager said of the late actor:
“Chris was an extraordinary man who deeply loved and respected his profession with great old fashion manners, self deprecating humour and the music of words. He was a national treasure who deeply relished his Canadian roots. Through his art and humanity, he touched all of our hearts and his legendary life will endure for all generations to come. He will forever be with us.”
In related news, Briefly.co.za recently reported on Sir Captain Tom Moore passing away at the age of 100 after garnering global fame for raising money to help combat the Covid-19 pandemic.
Tom Moore, the World War II veteran who gained global recognition and love for helping raise $45 million (R672 million) to help UK's National Health Service fight against Covid-19, succumbed to the virus on Tuesday 2 February, 2021.
He achieved the feat in April 2020 by pledging to walk 100 laps around his garden despite depending on a walking frame with wheels to move since breaking his hip.
His initial goal was to raise £1,000 (R20 400), but word went around so fast that he quickly surpassed the figure and raked in millions.
The good deed not only turned Moore into a global sensation but also got him knighted by Queen Elizabeth II. The outdoor event that added the title of 'Sir' to his name took place on Friday, 17 July, 2020 at the Windsor Castle.
"I am absolutely thrilled Her Majesty has decided – or chosen poor little me. It really is a great honour and something I never, ever anticipated," Moore said at his knighting.
His name was also entered into the Guinness Book of World Records holding the title for the most money raised by an individual through a walk.
Captain Moore, as he was affectionately known, was hospitalized on Sunday, 31 January with breathing difficulties and was later confirmed positive for COVID-19.
"It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our dear father, Captain Sir Tom Moore," read part of the statement from his family as they announced his demise.
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