Hollywood is in mourning today as the news of Kirk Douglas’ death at 103 years-old broke on Wednesday evening. Catherine Zeta-Jones, his daughter-in-law, is among those remembering the acting legend. She has been married to Kirk’s son, Michael Douglas, for nearly 20 years.
“To my darling Kirk, I shall love you for the rest of my life. I miss you already. Sleep tight…,” she captioned an Instagram post alongside a recent photo of her kissing Kirk on the cheek and an event.
Fans took to the comments to share their condolences. “103 wow impressive, my condolences to you and your family, such a great actor and no doubt great dad also xx oo,” one wrote.
“Very sorry for your loss. Not many father in laws and daughter in laws have something this special,” another said.
“Respectfully I am sending you and your family my sincerest and deepest condolences. Rest in perfect peace Mr. Douglas,” a third replied.
Michael Douglas announced the news on Instagram on Wednesday.
“It is with tremendous sadness that my brothers and I announce that Kirk Douglas left us today at the age of 103,” the actor said.
He continued, “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.”
Michael 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,” Michael 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.”
George Takei tweeted, “Legendary actor Kirk Douglas has passed on today at the age of 103. An Academy Award-winning actor and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Douglas was a champion for many just causes and lived a long and storied life. He was adored and beloved, and he shall be missed.”
William Shatner added, “Condolences to the family of Kirk Douglas. What an incredible icon he was in this industry!”
Danny Devito issued a statement, saying, ‘Kirk Douglas. The inspirational Scalawag. 103 years on this earth. That’s got a nice ring to it! Great hanging with you man.”