“The heartache is immeasurable.”
That’s how Robert Redford has described his feelings after the death of his son, James, at the age of 58. James Redford, an activist and filmmaker, died on Friday at his home in Marin County, California, after losing his battle with liver cancer.
Speaking to People, a spokesperson for the 84-year-old Hollywood veteran said the star is “mourning with his family during this difficult time and asks for privacy”.
“Jamie was a loving son, husband and father. His legacy lives on through his children, art, filmmaking and devoted passion to conservation and the environment.
”James’ wife of 32 years, Kyle, spoke of his death on Twitter. The couple share two children, artist Dylan and actress Lena, People reports "Jamie died today. We're heartbroken,” she tweeted. “He lived a beautiful, impactful life and 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 two years. ”Kyle told The Salt Lake Tribune that her husband died due to a rare bile-duct cancer in his liver. In 1993, James received two liver transplants. He later founded the James Redford Institute for Transplant Awareness, a non-profit organisation that aims to educate people about organ and tissue donation.
The filmmaker struggled with liver disease for years and had received two liver transplants before he reached his twenties. Last November cancer was discovered in his bile duct while he was awaiting another transplant.
James also founded the non-profit The Redford Center with his father, an organisation that aims to produce films and provide grants to filmmakers who focus on the environment in hopes of finding a solution to climate change.
Jill Tidman, the executive director of the charity, paid tribute to James on Instagram.
“With Jamie came love and contagious joy. He approached everything he did with kindness and warmth, and an openness that spread itself easily among others.
“Jamie worked tirelessly to build a healthier world for us all, and particularly for those most in need of support. He always led with his enormous heart and was guided by his curiosity and creative spirit. He was a fierce protector of the natural world and believed that everyone deserved a healthy environment in which they could thrive and play."
James was best known for making documentaries that focused on health and the environment.