Pierce Brosnan pays tribute to his ‘dearest friend’ and fellow actor who died of COVID-19

Hollywood star Pierce Brosnan has posted a heartfelt tribute to a fellow actor and man he regarded as a brother, who died after contracting coronavirus.

In a moving tribute to Jay Benedict, best known for his roles in films such as Aliens and The Dark Knight, Brosnan described him as his “dearest friend.”

The OO7 star had recently appeared in a play with Benedict at a London Theater where they played brothers in a Franco Zeffirelli production of the Italian comedy ‘Filumena.’

“Life was so much fun with Jay, on stage and off, we laughed a lot at the world around us, at our selves, saw the funny side of life always,” Brosnan wrote in an Instagram post.

“He was a courageous man of handsome life force, that shone its light in every room he walked into, down every road he traveled, he shared his joyful radiance of kinship with all who knew him, a fine mind of intellect and compassion, he gave of himself in every way to the craft of acting, but above all else, he gave us all his great love of life, himself.”

The American actor passed away at the age of 68 as a result of complications from contracting Covid-19, the Irish Mirror reports.

Pierce Brosnan is godfather to Jay Benedict's two sons, Leo and Freddie

The image Brosnan posted on Instagram was taken outside the stage door of the Lyric theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue London and next to the Old Windmill Theatre where they appeared together on stage.

Brosnan, who had been friends with Benedict for 40 years and was godfather to his two sons Leo and Freddie, added: “My deepest sympathies and condolences go out to his beloved wife Phoebe, his sons Leo and Freddie, my dearest God sons, peace be with you all dear hearts. Uncle Pierce.”

Such a tragedy that so many people are losing their friends and loved ones to this terrible virus. Stay home if you can and stay safe!