Russell Crowe’s ex-wife Danielle Spencer pays an emotional tribute to her late father-in-law

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Russell Crowe’s ex-wife Danielle Spencer says her former father-in-law John Alexander will be ‘sorely missed’ after his death at the age of 85

Russell Crowe’s ex-wife Danielle Spencer has shared a tribute to her former father-in-law John Alexander Crowe, who died on Tuesday at the age of 85.

The actress and singer, 51, shared a throwback photo on Instagram on Wednesday of her two sons Charles, 17, and Tennyson, 14, with their grandfather.

‘Unfortunately my boys lost their grandfather yesterday. Alex Crowe, you were much loved and will be greatly missed, ‘she wrote in the caption.

'You will be greatly missed': Russell Crowe's ex-wife Danielle Spencer (pictured) paid emotional tribute to her father-in-law John Alexander after his tragic death at the age of 85

‘You will be greatly missed’: Russell Crowe’s ex-wife Danielle Spencer (pictured) paid emotional tribute to her father-in-law John Alexander after his tragic death at the age of 85

Danielle and Russell, who met on the set of the movie The Crossing in 1989, were married in April 2003 at the actor’s farm in Nana Glen, New South Wales.

They split in 2012 and finalized their divorce six years later.

Russell announced his father’s death on Tuesday afternoon, describing him in a series of tweets as the “ gentlest man. ”

John died on a regional Qantas flight from Sydney to Coffs Harbor, despite a desperate attempt to keep him alive.

Tribute: The actress, 51, shared this throwback photo on Instagram on Wednesday of her two sons Charles, 17, and Tennyson, 14, with their grandfather, writing: 'Sadly my boys lost their grandfather yesterday.  Alex (Pop) Crowe, you were very much loved and will be greatly missed '

Tribute: The actress, 51, shared this throwback photo on Instagram on Wednesday of her two sons Charles, 17, and Tennyson, 14, with their grandfather, writing: 'Sadly my boys lost their grandfather yesterday.  Alex (Pop) Crowe, you were very much loved and will be greatly missed '

Tribute: The actress, 51, shared this throwback photo on Instagram on Wednesday of her two sons Charles, 17, and Tennyson, 14, with their grandfather, writing: ‘Sadly my boys lost their grandfather yesterday. Alex (Pop) Crowe, you were very much loved and will be greatly missed ‘

The Gladiator star wrote: ‘I got back to the bush last night. Although the sun is shining and the torrential rains have abated, this date will be forever of grief.

‘My dear old man, my beautiful father, the gentlest man, has passed away.

“ I’m posting this because I know there are people all over the world whose hearts he touched and whose ribs he tickled with his sparkling eyes and his cheeky attitude towards everyone and everything, and this is probably as efficient a method as passing the news. ‘

History: Danielle and Russell, who met on the set of the movie The Crossing in 1989, were married in April 2003 at his farm in Nana Glen, New South Wales.  They split in 2012 and finalized their divorce six years later

History: Danielle and Russell, who met on the set of the movie The Crossing in 1989, were married in April 2003 at his farm in Nana Glen, New South Wales.  They split in 2012 and finalized their divorce six years later

History: Danielle and Russell, who met on the set of the movie The Crossing in 1989, were married in April 2003 at his farm in Nana Glen, New South Wales. They split in 2012 and finalized their divorce six years later

Prior to John’s death, the couple isolated together on the family’s estate in Nana Glen, New South Wales, with Russell revealing that he wanted to be close to his parents John and Joceyln in the midst of the pandemic.

Crowe Sr. Was born in New Zealand in 1936 and died on arrival in Coffs Harbor, where he lived for the past 25 years.

The star’s father was part of Russell’s inspiration for entering the film industry: the family moved from New Zealand to Sydney when Russell was four, while his mother and father Jocelyn pursued careers as a caterer on the film set.

Crowe Senior was not only part of a catering business with his wife, but also worked as a hotel manager.

Tragic: Russell Crowe's father John Alexander (photo with his wife) died Tuesday at the age of 85 on a regional Qantas flight from Sydney to Coffs Harbor on the north coast of New South Wales

Tragic: Russell Crowe's father John Alexander (photo with his wife) died Tuesday at the age of 85 on a regional Qantas flight from Sydney to Coffs Harbor on the north coast of New South Wales

Tragic: Russell Crowe’s father John Alexander (photo with his wife) died Tuesday at the age of 85 on a regional Qantas flight from Sydney to Coffs Harbor on the north coast of New South Wales

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