Robert Downey Jr. mourns the loss of his father, Hollywood legend Robert Sr.
New York, New York – Robert Downey Jr. announced that her father, Hollywood legend Robert Sr., has passed away at the age of 86.
Wednesday, the Iron Man star share on his Instagram that his father died in his sleep Tuesday night after a battle with Parkinson’s disease.
“He was a true maverick filmmaker and he remained remarkably optimistic throughout the process,” Robert wrote.
He added that he was thinking of his stepmother Rosemary, who married her father in 1998, but joked that “they have been married for just over 2,000 years”.
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Robert Sr. has directed several films such as Greaser Palace and Up in the Academy, and starred as an actor in the cult classic Boogie Nights.
In addition to his famous son, the deceased legend was also Alyson’s father from his first marriage to his frequent collaborator, Elsie.
Robert Jr. recalled during a maintenance in 2016, that his father was still treated with respect by his peers.
The 56-year-old also credited his parents for his career as a director and actor.
Before his father passed away, Robert Downey Jr. recently raised his eyebrows on social media for a different reason.
Fans have noticed that he was not following his Marvel costars online, a break with past habits.
In fact, users pointed out that the actor now only follows 43 people and that his superhero friends, including Tom Holland and Chris Hemsworth, are not on the list.
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Some have speculated that the actor’s mysterious move was a ploy hinting at his return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
But given the actor’s devastating loss to his father’s ill health, there might be other reasons for his decision – including moving on with his life and focusing on the next chapter.
Our hearts go out to the Iron Man star and his family.