Daughters of have released a joint statement soon following his death, paying tribute to their late actor father whom they claimed as "devoted husband," "loving father," "adoring grandfather" and a "dedicated philanthropist." First of all praising their late father to have "played many unforgettable roles" during his entire life, the daughters said he "was a rare symbol of selfless humility, the last to acknowledge what he was doing was special. Intensely private, he quietly succeeded beyond measure in impacting the lives of so many with his generosity."
"Always and to the end, Dad was incredibly grateful for his good fortune," the statement continued. "In his own words: 'It's been a privilege to be here.' He will be profoundly missed by those whose lives he touched, but he leaves us with extraordinary inspiration to draw upon. During this difficult time, we ask for privacy for our family."