Sir Christopher Lee, the screen legend whose career took him from Hammer horror to Star Wars, Lord of the Rings and a role as one of the great Bond villains, passed away in the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, London, on Sunday after being treated for respiratory problems.
However, his wife decided not to release the news to the media immediately and wanted to inform family members first. The couple had been married for over 50 years.
The actor also recorded the symphonic metal album Charlemagne: By the Sword and the Cross in 2010, after having worked with metal bands since 2005.
He was knighted in 2009 for services to drama and charity and was awarded the Bafta fellowship in 2011.
His film career started in 1947 with a role in Corridor of Mirrors but he started gaining fame in the late 50s with movies like The Curse of Frankenstein.
He also appeared in Tim Burton films Alice in Wonderland and Sleepy Hollow.
Sir Lee recently signed up for a new film called The 11th, a drama co-starring Uma Thurman which was supposed to start filming in November.