Kirk Douglas Leaves Entire £61m Fortune To Charity
Kirk Douglas, the famous actor, and philanthropist died at the age of 103 on the 5th of February according to The Mirror.
The Hollywood legend was always known as an extremely charitable man, a philanthropist, and it appears that he’s carried on that legacy, even after his passing.
Kirk has shared his $61m fortune by giving away $50million to be distributed through the Douglas Foundation, which aims to “help those who cannot otherwise help themselves”.
Some of the beneficiaries include St Lawrence University, where they fund a scholarship for minority and underprivileged students; Westwood’s Sinai Temple, which houses the Kirk and Anne Douglas Childhood Center; Culver City’s Kirk Douglas Theatre, a dilapidated movie theater restored as a live performance venue, and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.
The star has, however, left nothing to his beloved son Michael Douglas, who announced the news that Kirk had passed away earlier this month.
As of 2020, Michael’s net worth is estimated to be roughly $300 million dollars which means he might not be in need of the money.
Kirk’s health had been in decline since 1996 when he suffered a stroke but he continued to occasionally star in projects like the TV series Touched By An Angel, and the 2003 movie It Runs In The Family.
His family, including actor son Michael, confirmed the news in a statement, saying: “It is with tremendous sadness that my brothers and I announce that Kirk Douglas left us today at the age of 103.
Kirk is survived by his second wife, Anne, who he married in 1954 after meeting in Paris while he filmed Lust For Life, and three of his sons.