June 6, 2023

Michael Douglas paid an emotional tribute to Jim Brown on Friday after the American soccer participant, civil rights activist, and actor died on the age of 87.

In a heartfelt social media put up, Michael supplied up his and his household’s condolences in a message alongside a photograph of the late, former NFL star. 

“I’m deeply saddened to listen to the passing of Jim Brown,” he wrote. “One of many biggest gamers in NFL historical past, a real legend, and chief on and off the sphere. Prayers and condolences from our household to the Brown household throughout this tough time. RIP #JimBrown.”

WATCH: The celebrities we misplaced in 2022

Michael – who shares two youngsters together with his spouse Catherine Zeta-Jones – was inundated with feedback from his followers expressing their unhappiness over the information. “It hurts to see legends go from us,” one wrote as one other added: “Could he relaxation in peace.”

The Professional Soccer Corridor of Famer handed away peacefully at his Los Angeles dwelling on Thursday night time. His spouse, Monique Brown, confirmed the information on Instagram. “It’s with profound unhappiness that I announce the passing of my husband, Jim Brown,” she penned subsequent to a photograph of her kissing Jim. 

MORE: Bengals’ assistant coach Adam Zimmer’s dying at 38

MORE: Tom Brady pays heartfelt tribute after dying of John Madden

“He handed away peacefully final night time at our LA dwelling. To the world he was an activist, actor and soccer star. To our household, he was a loving fantastic husband, father and grandfather. Our hearts are damaged. Monique Brown.”

The Cleveland Browns described him as a “legend, chief, activist, visionary” on Twitter. He performed for the group between 1957-65, and in 2016, a statue of him was erected outdoors their stadium.

He had a adorned profession as an athlete and along with soccer, he was thought-about to be one of many biggest lacrosse gamers on the earth, main him to be inducted into the Nationwide Lacrosse Corridor of Fame in 1984.Jim shockingly retired on the age of 30 in 1966 and leaned into performing as an alternative. 

SEE: Tom Brady makes nine-year-old fan who beat most cancers cry with unbelievable gesture

Jim appeared in additional than 30 movies together with, Oliver Stone’s Any Given Sunday and The Soiled Dozen.

Jim was additionally probably the most vocal elite black athletes on racial points through the civil rights motion within the 50s. “

On behalf of your entire NFL household, we lengthen our condolences to Monique and their household,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell mentioned in a press release. “Jim Brown was a gifted athlete; probably the most dominant gamers to ever step on any athletic discipline, but in addition a cultural determine who helped promote change.

“Throughout his nine-year NFL profession, which coincided with the civil rights motion right here at dwelling, he grew to become a forerunner and function mannequin for athletes being concerned in social initiatives outdoors their sport. He impressed fellow athletes to make a distinction, particularly within the communities by which they lived.”