“I admired him as so many millions did and he was Hollywood royalty and had a beautiful family,” Susan, 73, exclusively told Closer Weekly at the American Heart Association’s annual “Go Red for Women” event. “And I remember seeing how wonderful his relationship seemed to be with his son, Michael Douglas, and also with Catherine Zeta-Jones.”
“I saw her on stage with him at an event, an award show, and she was so lovely with him. You know, they seem like a real family and my send my deepest condolences to them,” she added.
Kirk is survived by his 3 living kids — Michael Douglas, 75, Joel Douglas, 73, and Peter Douglas, 64. His fourth son, Eric Douglas, sadly died from a drug overdose at age 46 in 2004. Shortly after Kirk passed, Michael broke the news about their father’s death.
“It is with tremendous sadness that my brothers and I announce that Kirk Douglas left us today at the age of 103,” Michael shared via Instagram. “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 [Zeta-Jones], a wonderful father-in-law, to his grandchildren and great grandchild their loving grandfather, and to his wife Anne, a wonderful husband.” he continued.
In his emotional post, Michael also spoke about his father’s philanthropic work. “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 said. “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.”
Michael’s wife, Catherine, 50, took to Instagram as well to share a few kind words about her late father-in-law. “To my darling Kirk, I shall love you for the rest of my life,” the 50-year-old said. “I miss you already. Sleep tight … ”