Charlotte passed away in 2013 after a three-year-long battle with ovarian cancer. Brosnan had lost his first wife Cassandra to the same cause as well.
People say the ones who're gone are gone, they are not coming back. While that may be true, they continue to stay with us forever in the memories of moments spent with them. Pierce Brosnan lost his daughter years ago but he remembers her even today in every way possible.
The 67-year-old actor posted a heartwarming post on his Instagram handle on his daughter, Charlotte's seventh death anniversary. She was just 43-years-old when she passed away from ovarian cancer in 2013.
The Die Another Day star captioned the post, "Here’s looking at you kid... in remembrance of Charlotte," where he can be seen lounging at his Hawaii home porch. The picture credits were given to his wife Keely Shaye Smith. He continued, "And with happy birthday wishes for my darling Marley May," referring to his granddaughter, i.e., son Sean Brosnan's daughter, who turned 5 in June, reported USA Today.
Charlotte had battled with the disease for three long and hard years. According to The Daily Mail, the mother of two had tied the knot with her boyfriend Alex Smith in a secret ceremony just two weeks before her death. According to a family friend, the Brosnans "had so much hope" that Charlotte would beat cancer and recover from it. "There were moments of true hope where they thought [the cancer] had been beaten, that's what makes it so difficult," added the friend.
Her mother, Cassandra Harris, lost her life to the same disease in 1991. She was Brosnan's first wife. The pair had met in the 70s and fallen head over heels for each other instantly. They got married in 1980.
The pair made a happy family with Harris' two kids from the previous marriage, Charlotte and Christopher, whom Brosnan adopted after their father Dermot Harris' death in 1986. He had previously said, "We just clicked as a family. 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." The couple also had a son Sean.
The death of two of the closest members of the family took a toll on the Tomorrow Never Dies actor and he buried himself in work to distract himself. A year after his daughter's death, Brosnan opened up about his feelings about the loss at a Stand Up To Cancer telethon in 2014. He said, "To watch someone you love have his or her life eaten away bit by bit by this insidious disease, that part of your sorrow becomes an indelible part of your psyche," according to Entertainment Tonight.
He continued, "I held the generous, strong, beautiful hand of my first wife Cassie as ovarian cancer took her life much too soon. Just last year, I held the hand of my funny, wonderful daughter Charlotte before she, too, died from this wretched inherited disease."
While speaking to People after Charlotte's death, Nancy Ellison, Brosnan's longtime friend revealed that she was “a bubbly, almost kind of goofy, gorgeous girl," and that was the reason why Brosnan had nicknamed her the “custodian of laughter."
She continued, “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.” Alex and Charlotte had two children, Isabella and Lucas. While Isabella was 14 at the time of her mother's death, Lucas was 8.
According to Clare Beckwith, a close friend of Charlotte had revealed that she loved her kids to the moon and beyond. She said, “To their mummy, Bella and Lucas were absolutely the pinnacle. They have always got that for the rest of their life, that their mum just worshipped them. People would ask her why she didn’t move into acting, and she would always say, ‘No, this is my family.’ She wanted to give her family as much love as she could. She was totally devoted to them.”
The two kids were almost of the same age as when Charlotte and Christopher had lost their mother, Cassandra and just like her mother, Charlotte was successful in leaving a lasting image on her children for them to remember her forever.