Charlotte Emily, the forty one year old daughter of acclaimed actor Pierce Bronson, has passed away due to ovarian cancer. The sixty year old father and former James Bond lead offered an official statement in reference to her tragic death with: "On June 28 at 2 p.m., my darling daughter Charlotte Emily passed on to eternal life, having succumbed to ovarian cancer. She was surrounded by her husband, Alex, children Isabella, , and Lucas, , and brothers Christopher and Sean. Charlotte fought her cancer with grace and humanity, courage and dignity. Our hearts are heavy with the loss of our beautiful dear girl. 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."
Charlotte's death follows the same path as her late mother and Bronson's former wife, Australian actress Cassandra Harris. Harris passed at the age of 39 from the deadly disease - as did her mother, too.
Though each year only 3% of American women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer (approximately 20,240 women during 2009), this form is the most deadly of female reproductive cancers as nearly half of all patients diagnosed die due to lack of detection during its earliest stages. More research into the means of detection and prevention are necessary to help decrease the number of fatalities related to this horrific disease.
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