Robert Redford Breaks Silence on His Son James Redford’s Death

by Matthew Wilson
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Actor Robert Redford mourned the death of his son James. His son passed away on Oct. 19 following a battle with liver cancer. Through a representative, Redford broke his silence to offer a tribute to his son and his legacy. He also asked for “privacy” for the family

Cindi Berger, a representative for Redford, spoke with People. They said the actor is “mourning with his family during this difficult time and asks for privacy.”

“The grief is immeasurable with the loss of a child,” Berger told the outlet. “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 is Redford’s second son with Lola Van Wagenen. Redford’s first son Scott passed away when he was only two months old in 1959. Together the couple shares four children. They divorced in 1985.

In many ways, James followed in his father’s footsteps. He had a passion for both filmmaking and activism, something both Redfords share. He made several documentaries including Paper TigersHappening: A Clean Energy Revolution, and Watershed.

James Redford’s Wife Mourned His Death

James’ wife Kyle first broke news of his passing. In a Twitter post, she wrote a heartfelt tribute to her late husband and included pictures of James over the years. The couple had two children together, included in family photos in the post.

“Jamie died today. We’re heartbroken,” she wrote. “He lived a beautiful, impactful life & was loved by many. He will be deeply missed. As his wife of 32 yrs, I’m most grateful for the two spectacular children we raised together. I don’t know what we would’ve done w/o them over the past 2yrs.”

Last year, Kyle opened up about her husband’s battle with cancer to  The Salt Lake Tribune. She said James had bile-duct cancer in his liver. She also said they were waiting for a organ transplant for James this past November.

[H/T: People Magazine]

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