AceShowbiz - Robert Downey Jr.'s actor and filmmaker father has died, aged 85.
His wife, bestselling author Rosemary Rogers, has confirmed the sad news to the New York Daily News.
Robert Downey, Sr. was behind the lens for cult films like "Putney Swope" and "Greaser's Palace" while his acting credits include "Boogie Nights", "Magnolia", and "To Live and Die in L.A."
He passed away in his sleep on Wednesday (07Jul21) following a five-year battle with Parkinson's disease.
Paying tribute to his late father, the "Iron Man" star called him "a true maverick filmmaker," who "remained remarkably optimistic throughout" his battle with Parkinson's.
Downey, Jr. added, "According to my stepmoms calculations, they were happily married for just over 2000 years (sic). Rosemary Rogers-Downey, you are a saint, and our thoughts and prayers are with you."
His father's death came two months after the actor mourned the loss of his longtime personal assistant Jimmy Rich who died in a car accident.
"Jimmy Rich was in a fatal car accident at approx. 8pm yesterday," the actor announced the sad news in May. "He was a brother, my right hand man, an uncle to our kids and beloved by all who experienced his singular character and wit..."
"Our thoughts go to his relatives, friends, co-workers, and all the fans who knew him as the man who supported every step of my recovery, life and career... Again, my condolences to his beautiful family, and the legacy of hope and redemption his life will continue to represent. Peace Be Unto You."