Activist and filmmaker James ‘Jamie’ Redford, the son of retired actor Robert Redford dies at 58.
He and his father were the founders of The Redford Center, which “uses impact-driven film and media to accelerate environmental and climate justice, solutions and repair,” according to the website.
Over the course of his career, Jamie directed and produced a number of films, including The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia, and the award winning documentaries Watershed, Toxic Hot Seat and Mann v. Ford.
Jamie died of bile-duct cancer in his liver. After having undergone two transplants in the past, he founded the James Redford Institute for Transplant Awareness, a non profit organization that helped raise awareness of the importance of organ and tissue donation.
His wife of 32 years, Kyle, paid tribute to her loving husband by posting on Tweeter.
She wrote, “Jamie died today. 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.”
Cindi Berger, Robert Redford publicist issued a statement which said the actor “is mourning with his family during this difficult time and asks for privacy.” It continued, “The grief is immeasurable with the loss of a child. 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.”
Jamie was having health issues since childhood. According to his IMDb page, he was diagnosed with Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis, a rare autoimmune disease affecting the liver.
Celebrities are also paying tribute to the incredible filmmaker. Mark Ruffalo wrote, “Damn. This year has cut deep. Another great, sweet, kindly person leaves us.” Kiefer Sutherland, described Jamie as “a wonderful writer and a wonderful man”.
Rest in peace Jamie. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.