'Game of Thrones' Star Dame Diana Rigg's Cause of Death Confirmed by Family | 22 Words

The world has lost a legend.

The news has just come in that Dame Diana Rigg has sadly passed away.

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She was eighty-two-years-old.

The English actor was known for her incredible range...

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And was most famous for her roles in James Bond, The Avengers, and Game of Thrones.

Diana dedicated her life to the arts.

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Upon leaving school in 1955, she trained as an actress at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.

But her big on-screen break wasn't to happen until 1965.

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Diana screen-tested for the part of John Steed's female companion in the iconic TV series The Avengers, a role that would ultimately catapult her to international fame.

And the rest was history.

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Following her success on The Avengers, which she admitted having initially struggled to cope with, Diana swiftly moved onto 007.

Starring in Her Majesty's Secret Service opposite George Lazenby...

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Diana famously became the only Bond girl to make it down the aisle.

Even to this day, Diana is still known as a 007 girl...

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But, despite her on-screen success, her heart still remained in theater.

For the next few decades, Diana took on a number of leading roles with the National Theatre Company at the Old Vic...

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And gained a second Tony nomination for her performance as Celimene in The Misanthrope.

She won a number of awards throughout her dazzling career...

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In 1990, she won a Bafta for the role of an obsessive mother in the BBC drama, Mother Love. And, 4 years later, she won a Tony for best actress in one of her most acclaimed roles, that of Medea.

But, in more recent years...

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She became known as the wickedly blunt Lady Olenna in the HBO fantasy epic, Game of Thrones, gaining an Emmy nomination.

She was truly a timeless actress...

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And her role in the fantasy series gained her a whole new fanbase altogether.

So, of course, the news of her death has hit hard.

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It was confirmed today that the eighty-two-year-old actress had sadly passed away.

Since the devastating news broke, the tributes have been flooding in.

Initially, the details surrounding her death remained unclear...

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But now, her family have spoken out.

It turns out that Diana had passed away after a brief battle with cancer.

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Her daughter, Rachel Stirling, confirmed the news in a statement obtained by MirrorOnline. “My Beloved Ma died peacefully in her sleep early this morning, at home, surrounded by family," the statement read.

The statement continued:

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"She died of cancer diagnosed in March, and spent her last months joyfully reflecting on her extraordinary life, full of love, laughter and a deep pride in her profession. I will miss her beyond words."

Rest in peace, Dame Diana Rigg.

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