Sir Michael Caine, 79, is reportedly beside himself over the death of his younger brother Stanley Micklewhite.
The 79-year-old Academy Award-winning thespian and his sibling Stanley, who was two years his junior, were good friends.
Stanley died in January and Michael, whose birth name is Maurice Micklewhite, is still mourning his passing.
“We’ve kept it very quiet because we didn’t want a big fuss about it,” Stanley’s widow Marie told British newspaper the Mirror.
"Michael couldn’t even come to the funeral because we knew there would be a media circus around it.
“But Michael is grieving for his brother. They were very close.”
In the 1960s Michael and Stanley starred alongside each other in films The Italian Job, Play Dirty and Billion Dollar Brain.
The brothers partied hard together on Kings Road in the trendy Chelsea neighbourhood of London during that era.
Stanley eventually gave up acting to become a writer and Michael gave his sibling a generous monthly allowance.
The pair spoke with each other frequently before Stanley’s demise.
They grew up together in the Southwark borough of London before evacuating with their family to the Norfolk region of England during World War II.
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