Filmmaker James Redford, the son of Robert Redford, has died at the age of 58.
Robert Redford’s publicist, Cindi Berger, announced the news in a statement.
Berger said that the 84-year-old is mourning with his family during this “difficult time.”
James’s wife, Kyle, confirmed in an interview with The Salt Lake Tribune that her husband died Friday (16 October) from bile-duct cancer in his liver.
According to Kyle, James had liver disease, which returned two years ago. He had previously been fighting it for 30 years.
He was once saved by a liver transplant, an experience that was documented in HBO documentary The Kindness of Strangers, which he produced.
“The experience made me realise how fortunate I was,” Redford said. “Think of the fact that every day 10-12 people die waiting to be transplanted. It had an impact on me, and I became committed to do something to help the cause of organ donation.”
James co-founded nonprofit organisation the Redford Centre with his father, which was formed to help environmental filmmaking.
Its executive director, Jill Tidman, paid tribute to James in an Instagram post, writing: “He approached everything he did with kindness and warmth, and an openness that spread itself easily among others."
In 1995, he also formed the James Redford Institute for Transplant Awareness. As part of the organisation, he raised money and distributed tools to increase awareness about the shortage of organ donors.
Speaking about James’s death, the filmmaker and activist’s wife 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 (without) them over the past 2 (years).”