A private funeral was held in Los Angeles today for legendary actor Kirk Douglas. Douglas passed away on Wednesday at 103.
People reports, his family gathered for a service at the Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park and Mortuary. Among the mourners were his wife of 65 years, Anne Buydens, and his sons Michael, Peter and Joel.
Michael’s wife Catherine Zeta-Jones also attended, with their son Cameron.
Douglas had cheated death in a 1991 helicopter crash and suffered a debilitating stroke in 1996.
Michael shared the news of his passing on Wednesday, writing on Instagram, “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.”
Michael went on, “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.”
He also praised his father’s legacy, writing, “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.”
He closed with, “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.”