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Hollywood legend, Kirk Douglas, dies aged 103

The iconic Hollywood legend, Kirk Douglas, has sadly passed away. Famed for his roles across screen and stage, Douglas is most fondly remembered for his role as Spartacus in Stanley Kubrick’s 1960 film.

Born in 1916 in New York, Douglas rose to fame during the glorious Hollywood “golden age”, with the actor earning his first Oscar nomination for the 1949 boxing story Champion.

Douglas leaves behind a legacy of film work as well as his Oscar-winning son, actor, Michael Douglas. The actor shared a statement for the whole family mourning the loss.

Michael said in a statement: “It is with tremendous sadness that my brothers and I announce that Kirk Douglas left us today.

“To the world, he was a legend, an actor from the golden age of movies… but to me and my brothers Joel and Peter he was simply Dad,” part of the statement read.

“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.”

Michael’s wife, Welsh actress Catherine Zeta Jones, posted a photo of her and Kirk Douglas together, writing: “I shall love you for the rest of my life. I miss you already.”

See the full statement, below.

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It is with tremendous sadness that my brothers and I announce that Kirk Douglas left us today at the age of 103. 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. 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. 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. #KirkDouglas

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