A legend in film, Sir Christopher Lee, has passed away at the age of 93. Most famously known for his role as Dracula and as Saruman in Lord of the Rings.

Daily Mail – Film legend Sir Christopher Lee has died at the age of 93, prompting an outpouring of grief from Hollywood stars.

The actor – who found fame in the Hammer Horror films before becoming known to a new generation through his role in fantasy blockbusters – had been treated for heart failure and respiratory problems in hospital.

He died at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in London on Sunday morning after three weeks of treatment, but his widow decided to withhold the news until today so family and friends could be informed.

His Bond co-star Roger Moore said: ‘It’s terrible when you lose an old friend, and Christopher Lee was one of my oldest. We first met in 1948.’

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