Robert Redford mourning son James following his death aged 58

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Hollywood star Robert Redford is in mourning following the death of his son at the age of 58, a representative said.

James Redford, an activist and filmmaker, died on Friday after being diagnosed with liver cancer, according to his wife.

Redford, an 84-year-old retired actor and director known for films including Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid and The Way We Were, has asked for privacy.

Cindi Berger, Redford's publicist, said: "The grief is immeasurable with the loss of a child. Jamie was a loving son, husband and father. His legacy lives on through his children, art, filmmaking and devoted passion to conservation and the environment.

"Robert Redford is mourning with his family during this difficult time and asks for privacy."

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA - DECEMBER 06: James Redford speaks during The Redford Center's Benefit at August Hall on December 6, 2018 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - DECEMBER 06: James Redford (L) and Robert Redford attend The Redford Center's Benefit at August Hall on December 6, 2018 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 8: Director James Redford and sister, Amy Redford attend the "Spin" screening at the AFI Fest on November 8, 2003 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Giulio Marcocchi /Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 04: Director James Redford introduces the HBO Documentary Films NY Premiere of HAPPENING: A CLEAN ENERGY REVOLUTION on December 4, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for HBO)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 22: James Redford speaks onstage at the New Climate Lunch Roundtable on day 4 of the 2017 Sundance Film Festival at Wahso Asian Grill on January 22, 2017 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for Sundance Film Festival)
SANTA BARBARA, CA - FEBRUARY 04: Director James Redford speaks at a screening of "Resilience" at the Lobero during the 31st Santa Barbara International Film Festival on February 4, 2016 in Santa Barbara, California. (Photo by Rebecca Sapp/Getty Images for Santa Barbara International Film Festival)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 22: Director James Redford attends the "Resilience" Premiere during the 2016 Sundance Film Festival at Prospector Square on January 22, 2016 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Sonia Recchia/Getty Images for Sundance Film Festival)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 25: Director James Redford and actor/filmmaker Robert Redford attend HBO's New York Premiere of "The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia" on October 25, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images for HBO)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 25: Director James Redford, actor/filmmaker Robert Redford, and film subject Dylan Redford attend HBO's New York Premiere of The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia on October 25, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images for HBO)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 28: Filmmaker James Redford speaks during the "D Word: Understanding Dyslexia" Community Screening during the 2012 Sundance Film Festival on January 28, 2012 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Fred Hayes/Getty Images)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 25: Director James Redford poses for a portrait during the 2012 Sundance Film Festival at the Getty Images Portrait Studio at T-Mobile Village at the Lift on January 25, 2012 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 22: Kyle Redford (L) and director James Redford attend the "Resilience" Premiere during the 2016 Sundance Film Festival at Prospector Square on January 22, 2016 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Sonia Recchia/Getty Images for Sundance Film Festival)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 23: Filmmaker James Redford attends "The D Word: Understanding Dyslexia" premiere during the 2012 Sundance Film Festival held at Library Center Theater on January 23, 2012 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images)
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James Redford during AFI Film Festival Screening of James Redford's Directorial Debut "Spin" at Arclight Cinema in Holllywood, California, United States. (Photo by Jeremy Montemagni/FilmMagic)
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Robert Redford and son James Redford during AFI Film Festival screening of James Redford's Directorial Debut "SPIN" - Portraits at ArcLight Cinemas in Hollywood, CA, United States. (Photo by M. Caulfield/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 8: Robert Redford (R) talks with son James Redford after the "Spin" screening at the AFI Fest on November 8, 2003 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Giulio Marcocchi /Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 8: Robert Redford (R) and son James Redford attend the "Spin" screening at the AFI Fest on November 8, 2003 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Giulio Marcocchi /Getty Images)
James Redford and Robert Redford (Photo by Mark Sullivan/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 20: Actors James and Robert Redford attend the First Annual 'Share the Beat' to benefit transplant awareness at Cicada Restaurant on September 20, 2003 in Los Angeles, California. (Photograph by Chris Hatcher/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER 14: James Redford at HBO for the screening of his documentary "The Kindness Of Strangers." He produced the film. (Photo by Richard Corkery/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
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James' wife of 32 years, Kyle, shared news of his death on Twitter. Alongside pictures of the couple and their two children, she said: "We're heartbroken. He lived a beautiful, impactful life & was loved by many."

Kyle told the Salt Lake Tribune that James, whose documentary films included The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia, discovered the cancer diagnosis in November last year while awaiting a liver transplant.

His liver disease returned two years ago, she added.

Redford has three other children, including the actress Amy Redford.

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