Pierce Brosnan's heart is "heavy" after his daughter lost her three-year battle with ovarian cancer. Charlotte Bronson died at age 41 on Friday after succumbing to the same disease that took her mother.

Brosnan issued the following statement: "On June 28 at 2 p.m. my darling daughter Charlotte Emily passed on to eternal life, having succumbed to ovarian cancer. She was surrounded by her husband Alex, her children Isabella and Lucas and her brothers Christopher and Sean.
"Charlotte fought her cancer with grace and humanity, courage and dignity. 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. We thank everyone for their heartfelt condolences."

Pierce married Charlotte's mother Cassandra, an Australian actress, in 1980. He adopted Charlotte and her brother Christopher after their father died in 1986. Pierce and Cassandra had a son together, Sean, before she died of ovarian cancer in 1991.

In 2001, Pierce married journalist Kelly Shaye Smith. They have two children.

Meanwhile, Pierce's former co-stars have been sending their prayers and offering condolences to the actor.

His "Remington Steele" co-star Stephanie Zimbalist posted on Facebook: "Sad news to announce. Please join us in sending love, prayers and sympathy to Pierce Brosnan and his family for the death of his daughter Charlotte."