After his wife passed away, Brosnan threw himself into work entirely – he’d keep himself busy for 20 hours every day just so he could numb the pain. The Hollywood starlets declared an open season on the widower, although it was all in vain, Pierce never really paid any attention to their efforts.
My wife Cassie passed away in December 1991. Cassie has made me the man I am, the actor I am, the father I am. She's forever embedded in every fiber of my being. When your partner gets cancer, then life changes. Your timetable and reference for your normal routines and the way you view life, all these changes. Because you're dealing with death. I went through it all, very publicly. I couldn’t work and my life has been worth nothing. I had been painting out of pain, and now the pain sometimes comes through in color.