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Catherine Zeta-Jones farewells father-in-law Kirk Douglas: “I miss you already”

Catherine Zeta-Jones farewells father-in-law Kirk Douglas: “I miss you already”

Catherine Zeta-Jones has shared a touching tribute to her late father-in-law Kirk Douglas, following his death on Thursday at 103 years of age.

The actress had a close bond to the Hollywood star and they immediately got along after she married his son, actor Michael Douglas, in 2000.

“To my darling Kirk, I shall love you for the rest of my life. I miss you already. Sleep tight,” the actress wrote on Instagram underneath a heartwarming photo of the pair sharing a touching moment.

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To my darling Kirk, I shall love you for the rest of my life. I miss you already. Sleep tight...

A post shared by Catherine Zeta-Jones (@catherinezetajones) on Feb 5, 2020 at 5:18pm PST

Zeta-Jones has always been close to her father-in-law, with the star regularly posting photos of the pair on social media.

In December, she shared a photo of them embracing to mark his 103rd birthday.

“This guy on my knee, is 103!!!!!! Happy Birthday Pappy!!! I love you with all my heart.”

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This guy on my knee, is 103!!!!!Happy Birthday Pappy!!! I love you with all my heart. 😘❤️

A post shared by Catherine Zeta-Jones (@catherinezetajones) on Dec 9, 2019 at 2:03am PST

When Catherine and Michael tied the knot close to 20 years ago, many people questioned the relationship due to the 25-year age gap between them.

But one person remained firmly on their side: Kirk.

On the couple’s 19th wedding anniversary in November last year, Catherine shared a sweet note Kirk had given them to mark the milestone occasion.

“Dear Michael and Catherine, Happy anniversary!” read the note typed on Kirk’s personal stationary.

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And that was lunch 👍🏻

A post shared by Catherine Zeta-Jones (@catherinezetajones) on Jul 28, 2019 at 7:53am PDT

“Michael, you have learned a very important lesson, to stay married you must obey your wife! Keep practicing what I do with my wife.”

After splitting from Michael’s mother, Diana Douglas in 1951, Kirk went on to marry Anne Buydens in 1954. They remained married for 66 years up until his death.