The iconic and brilliant Diana Rigg was surrounded by her loving family early Wednesday morning as she peacefully passed away in her sleep. The star was diagnosed with cancer back in March.
Rigg is famous for her roles as Emma Peel in The Avengers and Olenna Tyrell in Game of Thrones. She won many accredited awards, including an Emmy, Tony, Bafta and Evening Standard Awards for her various film and theater works. Her agent, Simon Beresford, released a statement saying:
"It is with tremendous sadness that we announce that Dame Diana Rigg died peacefully early this morning. "She was at home with her family who have asked for privacy at this difficult time."
The dame's daughter, Rachael Stirling, confirmed the news about her mother's passing, adding:
"I will miss her beyond words."
On Her Majesty's Secret Service co-star James Bond posted a tribute to Diana Rigg:
"We are very sad to hear of the passing of Dame Diana Rigg, the legendary stage and screen actress who was much bel… https://t.co/pxHju00JtX— James Bond (@James Bond) 1599748404.0
Game of Thrones honored the star in a post sharing:
Be a dragon. The realm will always remember Diana Rigg.— Game of Thrones (@Game of Thrones) 1599748680.0
League of Gentleman star Mark Gatiss wrote:
It was my great joy and privilege to have known Diana Rigg. From three slightly hysterical months at the Old Vic in… https://t.co/PBjZLOvFmS— Mark Gatiss (@Mark Gatiss) 1599745971.0
The news of Rigg's passing has devastated her loyal fans and people across the world. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family as they navigate through this difficult time.