'Game Of Thrones' Actress Diana Rigg Has Died At Age 82

The award-winning actress was diagnosed with cancer earlier this year.

The award-winning actress was diagnosed with cancer earlier this year. 

The legendary British actress Diana Rigg actress sadly passed away yesterday. She was 82. 

The long-time thespian came to fame in the original 1960s TV series The Avengers, before making her mark in the 1969 James Bond movie On Her Majesty’s Secret Service

To younger generations, she’s known for playing matriarch Olenna Tyrell on the fantasy TV series, Game of Thrones

Rigg’s illustrious acting career earnt her a swathe of Emmy, Tony and BAFTA awards. In 1994 she was made Dame Commander of the British Empire for services to drama. 

The actress's daughter, Rachael Stirling, confirmed that Rigg died of cancer after a diagnosis in March. “My Beloved Ma died peacefully in her sleep early this morning, at home, surrounded by family," she said in a statement, adding that “she 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.” 

The official Game of Thrones Twitter account played tribute to the actress this morning. “Be a dragon,” the tweet read. “The realm will always remember Diana Rigg”.

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