Charlotte was adopted by the actor in 1986 after her biological father Dermot Harris died. The news of her passing is made even sadder by the fact that her adoptive mother and Pierce’s wife, Cassandra, died of the same disease 22 years ago.
Charlotte, 42, leaves behind her husband Alex and their children Isabella, 15, and Lucas, eight.
Pierce, 60, had been away filming in Eastern Europe when he heard the news.
Today he released a statement saying: ‘On June 28 my darling daughter Charlotte Emily passed on to eternal life, having succumbed to ovarian cancer. She was surrounded by her husband Alex, children Isabella and Lucas and 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.’