Catherine Zeta-Jones remembers her “darling” father-in-law Kirk Douglas with a sweet tribute.
The Hollywood Golden Age star passed away at age 103, Zeta-Jones’ husband and Kirk’s son Michael Douglas confirmed on Wednesday.
“To my darling Kirk, I shall love you for the rest of my life,” Zeta-Jones wrote on Instagram, alongside a black-and-white photo of her giving Kirk a kiss on the cheek.
“I miss you already,” she added. “Sleep tight…”
The actress’s tribute to the late actor comes just about two months after celebrating Kirk’s 103rd birthday.
“This guy on my knee, is 103!!!!!Happy Birthday Pappy!!! I love you with all my heart. 😘❤️” Zeta-Jones wrote on December 9, sharing a throwback photo of the duo.
Michael also posted to Instagram a photo of his father on his milestone birthday – which was also the same day he received a Golden Globe nomination for The Kominsky Method – writing, “Happy birthday Dad! You are a living legend and your entire family sends you all the love in their hearts! #KirkDouglas #103.”
After his first post, the 75-year-old actor also posted another photo with his dad, who Michael said was “proud” of his nomination.
“12.9.2019 what a great day! Thank you to the HFPA for the @GoldenGlobes nomination, and for making my Dad proud on his 103rd birthday! #TheKominskyMethod,” the actor captioned the photo.
Michael shared the tragic news of his father’s passing on Wednesday with a statement.
“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.”
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.