Hollywood icon Kirk Douglas has passed away. He was 103.
The star’s passing was confirmed by his son, actor Michael Douglas who shared the tragic news.
“It is with tremendous sadness that my brothers and I announce that Kirk Douglas left us today at the age of 103,” Michael said in a statement. “To the world, he was a legend, an actor from the golden age of movies who lived well into his golden years, a humanitarian whose commitment to justice and the causes he believed in set a standard for all of us to aspire to.”
The actor continued, “But to me and my brothers Joel and Peter he was simply Dad, to Catherine, a wonderful father-in-law, to his grandchildren and great grandchild their loving grandfather, and to his wife Anne, a wonderful husband.”
“Kirk’s life was well lived, and he leaves a legacy in film that will endure for generations to come, and a history as a renowned philanthropist who worked to aid the public and bring peace to the planet,” he added. “Let me end with the words I told him on his last birthday and which will always remain true. Dad- I love you so much and I am so proud to be your son.”
Despite suffering a stroke in 1996, Kirk Douglas had been a true inspiration with his good health and celebrating his 103rd birthday in December 2019.
Kirk Douglas is survived by his wife of 65 years Anne Buydens, 100, as well as his family including his three sons, Michael, Joel, and Eric.
Thoughts are with the Douglas family.