Pierce Brosnan's daughter succumbed to her three-year battle with ovarian cancer last week in London, Brosnan confirms to People. "On June 28 at 2pm my darling daughter Charlotte Emily passed on to eternal life," says Brosnan. The 41-year-old "was surrounded by her husband Alex, children Isabella and Lucas, and brothers Christopher and Sean," he adds. "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."
Charlotte was the daughter of Cassandra Harris, who died of ovarian cancer in 1991 while married to Brosnan (Charlotte's grandmother died of the same disease). Brosnan adopted Charlotte and her brother Christopher after their father died in 1986, E! reports. Earlier this year, Brosnan remembered what it was like to lose Harris. "To watch someone you love have their life eaten away—bit by bit, by this insidious and horrid disease—becomes an indelible part of your psyche," he told the Daily Mail. "It certainly did for me." (Click to see a photo of the father and daughter.)