Sad news: Actor Pierce Brosnan’s stepdaughter– but also his adopted daughter–has died of ovarian cancer. Charlotte Brosnan was 41. She was the daughter of Pierce’s late wife Cassandra and her own late husband, Dermot Harris. Dermot was the brother of famed British actor Richard Harris, also now gone. That makes Charlotte first cousin to “Mad Men” actor Jared Harris and his two brothers.
Cassandra was five years older than Pierce, who adopted her two children (son Christopher) and changed their names to Brosnan. Pierce has said that Dermot Harris– who died of a heart attack at age 43 in 1986– wasn’t much of a father. Pierce– a stand up guy who’s taken care of all these families and kids– once described Cassandra’s marriage to Harris as “painful.”
The great tragedy is that Cassandra, Charlotte, and Cassandra’s mother all died of ovarian cancer. Charlotte Brosnan leaves husband and two children.
“Charlotte fought her cancer with rare grace and humanity, courage and dignity,” Pierce Brosnan said in a statement. “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 at hand soon. We thank everyone for their heartfelt condolences.”