Tue, 30 Mar, 2021

Russell Crowe shares devastating family heartache

Russell Crowe shares devastating family heartache

Russell Crowe has taken to social media to reveal that his father has died at the age of 85.

The New Zealand-born actor paid tribute to his “dear old man”, John Alexander Crow, writing: “I arrived back in the bush last night.

“Today, although the sun is shining and the torrential rain has abated, this date will forever be tinged with sadness. My dear old man, my beautiful dad, the most gentle of men, has passed away.

“I’m posting this because I know there are people all over the world who’s heart he touched and who’s ribs he tickled with his sparkly eyes and his cheeky attitude to everyone, and everything, and this is probably as efficient a method as any to pass on the news.

“John Alexander Crowe 13th March 1936- 30th March 2021 Born in Christchurch, New Zealand.

"Passed away in Coffs Harbour, NSW, his home for the last 25 years. Rest In Peace.”

Australian chef Julie Goodwin was one of the thousands of responses who paid tribute to Mr Crowe, writing: “I’m so sorry. Condolences to you and your family.”

Today star David Campbell also left a message, saying: “Oh mate. So very sorry. Thinking of you.”

Studio 10’s Angela Bishop chimed in, writing: I” am so sorry to hear this Russell. I was lucky enough to meet your Dad a few times. He was lovely, and his eyes did sparkle, just as you describe. Sending love and condolences to you and your family.”

Russell has an undeniable bond with his dad, revealing on Twitter last year in April, that he had been quarantining with him.

“Isolating with the old man. 84 now. Wearing a hat I got at Princeton while shooting A Beautiful Mind,” Russell wrote on Twitter at the time.

Speaking to Extra TV in June about quarantining with his parents, Russell said: "My mum and dad are pretty old now.

“My dad's 84 and my mum's 79 and they're suffering from the things people get at that age. You know, early-onset this and that. So it was just a better thing for me to be where they were.”

He also revealed the advice his father had given him about Hollywood, saying:

"Dad said to me one time because I spent my whole youth at university to study history ... [and] this little thing happened at the time when I left school and my dad lost his job and he just didn't have the money for me to go to university.

"He said to me, 'You've got have something to fall back on.' The standard cliche, right?

“I believed in my life there will be a lot of times where I fall on my face, but I will not be falling backwards. And he just accepted that and said, 'Righto, off you go.' The next 200 dads would've gotten in my way but he was like, 'OK.'"

John Crowe is survived by his wife Jocelyn, his two children Russell and Terry, and his grandkids, Charles, Tennyson and Spencer.