Robert Redford’s Son Passes Away At 58
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While we know him as the legendary actor who appeared in countless films including Inside Daisy Clover, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Jeremiah Johnson, All the President’s Men, just to name a few, but to his four children, he was just “Dad.”
Redford and his first wife Lola had four children together. Their eldest son, Scott, passed away at 2 1/2 months old from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome in 1959. They had three more kids, Shauna Jean – born November 15, 1960, David James “Jamie” – born May 5, 1962, and Amy Hart Redford – born October 22, 1970.
Unfortunately, Redford is going through a grief that no parent should – for a second time. His son James passed away on Friday, October 16 at the age of 58. James’ wife, Kyle, confirmed the news on Twitter.
“Jamie died today,” she wrote. “We’re heartbroken. 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 w/o them over the past 2 years.”
Jamie, a filmmaker and activist, had health issues throughout his life and received two liver transplants in 1993. Two years ago, his liver disease returned and while waiting for another liver transplant, he was diagnosed with liver cancer in November 2019.
After his transplants in the 90s, Jamie founded an organization to raise awareness and educate people about organ donation. In 2005, he joined forces with his father to create the non-profit The Redford Center, which produces films and provides grants to filmmakers who direct movies around the environment, climate, and provide solutions to climate change.
The Redford Center also confirmed Jamie’s death on social media.
Cindi Berger, a rep for Robert, told PEOPLE that the legendary 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 continued. “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.”
Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Redford family.