Brendan Lynch, a close friend of Sean Connery, shared his heartbreaking memories of Connery’s final days in a new book about the actor’s life.
Lynch was one of many people who lent his stories to Connery, Sean Connery by Herbie J Pilato, which was released in September. Lynch was one of the few people who sat by Connery’s side before the Oscar winner died on Oct. 31, 2020, at the age of 90.
Sean Connery’s wife, Micheline Roquebrune, asked Lynch to visit their home “as much as possible” at the end. Lynch was a trusted companion who lived close to the couple’s home in the Bahamas. Connery suffered from dementia, which made it hard for him to feel safe and comfortable around most people. But Roquebrune believed Lynch could give her husband some peace because of their long history.
“[Connery] died… at some beautiful ripe age, but had some measure of dementia. Dementia is not just a mental issue. You’re affected physically in other ways… It affects everything. So it’s not just the mind. And to see someone who was so strong battling this disease — it was difficult,” ” Pilato told Fox News Digital.
“If anybody looked like a movie star, it was Sean Connery,” he continued. “But towards the end, when he was frail, it was hard to watch. It was hard to see that.”
Sean Connery Got ‘His Final Wish’
In the book, Lynch recalled how difficult it was to see his once strong-bodied and sharp-witted friend slip closer to death.
“I was crying at times to see this mountain of a man — this monumental human achievement in such a terrible state — frail (mentally and physically) unable to carry on a conversation or finish off a sentence,” he wrote. “To see his body weak and flawed at the end… it was very sad. We tried to have a conversation. I tried to tell him what was going on in the sporting world, despite knowing that he wasn’t actually taking it all in.”
Connery’s family chose to keep his condition private until after his death to keep fans and the press away from their home, which was surrounded by “sprawling golf courses, near wide-open silky sands and… clear blue Bahamian waters.” Between being in “paradise” and having his solitude, the actor was able to get “his final wish to slip away without any fuss.”
“It was no life for him,” Roquebrune told the Daily Mail in October. “It took its toll on him. He was not able to express himself latterly. At least he died in his sleep, and it was just so peaceful. I was with him all the time, and he just slipped away. It was what he wanted.”
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