Documentarian James Redford, son of Robert Redford, dead at 58

Brunilde Fioravanti
Ottobre 21, 2020

Robert Redford, 84, is going through "immeasurable" grief after the death of his son James Redford at the age of 58, according to his representative.

"With Jamie came love and contagious joy", Jill Tidman, executive director of the Redford Center, said in an Instagram post.

"We're heartbroken", she tweeted. "He lived a lovely, impactful life & was loved by many. He will be deeply missed". His Toxic Hot Seat looked into the health hazards of flame-retardant furniture chemicals, and played the role in getting them banned in the U.S. - as well as improved the healthcare benefits of firefighters in California.

James Redford is survived by his wife, Kyle Redford; their two children, Dylan and Lena Redford; his sisters, Amy Redford and Shauna Redford Schlosser; and his parents, Robert Redford and Lola Van Wagenen. He was born on May 5, 1962.

James' other half previously told the Salt Lake Tribune that James, whose documentary films included The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia, was diagnosed with cancer in November past year while waiting for a liver transplant. His passing was confirmed by his wife of 32 years, Kyle Redford on Twitter on Friday.

James Redford graduated with a bachelor's degree in creative writing and film from the University of Colorado-Boulder and a master's degree in literature from Northwestern University. "His legacy lives on through his children, art, filmmaking and devoted passion to conservation and the environment".

James went on to found non-profit The Redford Center with his father Robert, which aims to produce films and provide grants to filmmakers who focus in on the environment and climate in hopes of finding a solution to climate change.

"The experience made me realize how fortunate I was", Redford said. In 1993, James underwent two liver transplants years after he was diagnosed with a rare autoimmune disease affecting the liver called Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis during his youth, per IMDb.

He also produced Watershed: Exploring a New Water Ethic for the New West and Toxic Hot Seat, a film which uncovers the health problems caused by exposure to flame-retardant chemicals used in furniture.

"I just love meeting people and hearing their stories", he said.

Tan said she reached out to his wife, who told her Tan's email was the last he had read as his health was rapidly declining just before he died.

"I was sorry I could not give Jamie my fond farewell". You hold your breath until you get the verdict.

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