Russell Crowe has announced the death of his father, John Alexander Crowe, paying tribute to "my beautiful dad, the most gentle of men".

Writing on social media on Tuesday, the Gladiator star said his father - a former film set caterer - had passed away in New South Wales, Australia at the age of 85.

"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," said Crowe. "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 [sic] heart he touched and who's [sic] 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.

Russell Crowe's parents John and Jocelyn at the premiere of their son's film Cinderella Man in Universal City, California in May 2005

"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."

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