James Redford, a filmmaker, activist, and son of actor Robert Redford, has passed away. He was 58.
Robert Redford’s publicist, Cindi Berger, said in a statement that the 84-year-old father is mourning with his family during this “difficult time.”
James’ wife, Kyle, confirmed the sad news and revealed that he breathed his last on Friday, from bile-duct cancer in his liver.
She went on to state that her husband’s liver disease returned two years ago and the cancer was discovered in November last year while he waited on a liver transplant.
“We’re heartbroken,” She said in a Twitter post as she shared a couple of family photos.
She went on to say, “He lived a beautiful, impactful life & was loved by many. He will be deeply missed. As his wife of 32 (years), I’m most grateful for the two spectacular children we raised together. I don’t know what we would’ve done (without) them over the past 2 (years).”
James battled with liver disease for more than 30 years. But he went on with his life, marrying his wife Kyle who once taught eighth-grade history in Marin County. The couple had two children together.
James and his Oscar-winning father co-founded the Redford Center, a nonprofit focused on environmental filmmaking. He also established the James Redford Institute in 1995 for Transplant Awareness to raise money and distribute tools to increase awareness about the shortage of organ donors.
“With Jamie came love and contagious joy,” said an official post on the Redford Center’s social media page.
“He approached everything he did with kindness and warmth, and an openness that spread itself easily among others,” the post read.
At the time of his death, his wife said he was finishing a documentary called ‘Where the Past Begins’, which was about ‘The Joy Luck Club’ author Amy Tan for PBS’ ‘American Masters’.