Quincy Jones mourns 'beloved' former wife Peggy Lipton after 'Mod Squad' star's death: 'Love is eternal'

Quincy Jones has posted an emotional tribute to ex-wife Peggy Lipton following the Mod Squad and Twin Peaks actress’s death on May 11. She was 72.

The former couple’s two daughters, actresses Kidada and Rashida Jones, broke the news of Lipton’s death from cancer the following day.

“She made her journey peacefully with her daughters and nieces by her side,” they said in a statement. “We feel so lucky for every moment we spent with her. We can't put all of our feelings into words right now but we will say: Peggy was, and will always be our beacon of light, both in this world and beyond. She will always be a part of us."

Now Jones — who was married to Lipton from 1974 to 1990, though they separated in 1986 — is sharing his grief. The legendary music producer posted a clip from his 2018 Netflix documentary, Quincy, which includes footage from their wedding and voiceovers from both him and his late ex.

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UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 10: Michael Jackson, Peggy Lipton, and Quincy Jones (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
(Original Caption) Quincy Jones (c) composer, arranger, producer and A&M recording artist, celebrated his birthday 3/14 in a special way when he became the 1,715th star in Hollywood's Walk of Fame. Jones wife, actress Peggy Lipton (r) and William F. Hertz (L) President of Hollywood Chamber of Commerce hands a plaque to Jones who is waving to his fans. Jones was the recipient of 7 Grammy Awards.
NEW YORK CITY - DECEMBER 16: Actress Peggy Lipton and producer Quincy Jones attend the premiere of "The Color Purple" on December 16, 1985 at Cinema I in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actress Peggy Lipton and her husband, producer Quincy Jones, attend the premiere of 'The Color Purple' on December 16, 1985 at Cinema I in New York City. (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
TWIN PEAKS - Gallery - Shoot Date: December 12, 1989. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) PEGGY LIPTON
TWIN PEAKS - Gallery - Shoot Date: December 1, 1989. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) PEGGY LIPTON
Actress Peggy Lipton and actor Michael Ontkean attend ABC TV Winter Press Tour on January 6, 1990 at the Registry Hotel in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JOHNNY CARSON -- Pictured: Actress Peggy Lipton arrives on October 2, 1990 -- (Photo by: Joseph Del Valle/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - SEPTEMBER 16: Rashida Jones and Peggy Lipton attend 42nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on September 16, 1990 at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MAY 30: Actress Peggy Lipton attends Genii Awards on May 30, 1991 at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actors Lenny Henry and Peggy Lipton. (Photo by Time Life Pictures/DMI/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - NOVEMBER 13: Actress Peggy Lipton attends Sixth Annual Fire & Ice Ball on November 13, 1995 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 07: Peggy Lipton, on the right wearing a white dress, with her daughter Kidada Jones at a party for Quincy Jones at Roseland. (Photo by Dave Allocca/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
BURBANK, CA - OCTOBER 17: Producer Quincy Jones, actress Peggy Lipton and daughter Kidada Jones attend Sixth Annual Fire & Ice Ball on October 17, 1996 at Warner Brothers Studios in Burbank, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Peggy Lipton, Quincy Jones and there daughter during 1996 Fire & Ice Ball at Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank, California, United States. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc)
BURBANK, CA - DECEMBER 12: Actress Peggy Lipton (R) and daughter Kidada Jones attend the premiere of "Batman" on December 12, 1997 at Steve J. Ross Theater in Burbank, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
LOS ANGELES - FEBRUARY 23: Actor Michael Cole, actress Peggy Lipton and actor Clarence Williams III attend Third Annual Screen Actors Guild of America Awards on February 23, 1997 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
SCREEN ACTORS GUILD AWARDS -- 1997 -- Pictured: (l-r) Michael Cole, Peggy Lipton, Clarence Williams II -- (Photo by: Margaret Norton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK CITY - MAY 19: Peggy Lipton and Rashida Jones attend Newman's Own George Awards on May 19, 1999 at U.S. Customs House in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
NEW YORK CITY - MAY 19: Peggy Lipton and Rashida Jones attend Newman's Own George Awards on May 19, 1999 at U.S. Customs House in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
NEW YORK CITY - MAY 19: Actress Peggy Lipton and daughter Rashida Jones attend Newmans Own George Awards on May 19, 1999 at U.S. Customs House in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - JUNE 8: Actress Peggy Lipton attends the world premiere of "Austin Powers-The Spy Who Shagged Me" on June 8, 1999 at the Universal Ampitheater in Universal City, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
381685 12: Actress Peggy Lipton with her daughter, Kidada Jones (her father is producer Quincy Jones) attend Cartier Haute Joaillerie 2000 "Perles Et Diamants" held at Eurochow November 9, 2000 in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Newsmakers)
Peggy Lipton during Cartier Haute Joaillerie 2000 "Perles Et Diamants" at Eurochow Restaurant in Westwood, California, United States. (Photo by J. Vespa/WireImage)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 9: Peggy Lipton and Rashida Jones attend Glamour Magazine Pre-Party for 52nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on September 9, 2000 at La Boheme in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 9: Peggy Lipton and Rashida Jones attend Glamour Magazine Pre-Party for 52nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on September 9, 2000 at La Boheme in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
1/15/2000 Los Angeles, Ca Mod Squad Member Peggy Lipton At Mr. Chows Restaurant. (Photo By David Keeler/Getty Images)
Peggy Lipton and daughter Rashida Jones during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring Collections 2003 - Marc Jacobs Show - After Party at Maritime Hotel in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage)
Rashida Jones and mother Peggy Lipton during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring Collections 2003 - Marc Jacobs Show - Arrivals at Maritime Hotel in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage)
Peggy Lipton during After-party for Opening Night of "Brave New World" at Paramount Hotel in New York, New York, United States. (Photo by Sylvain Gaboury/FilmMagic)
Rosanna Arquette and Peggy Lipton during Versace Luncheon to Benefit Children's Action Network-Westside Children's Center Sponsored By InStyle Magazine at Private Home in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Donato Sardella/WireImage)
Peggy Lipton during Chanel Co-Hosts a Mother and Daughter Charity Luncheon to Benefit The Accelerated School at Guber's Home in Bel Air, California, United States. (Photo by Donato Sardella/WireImage)
Peggy Lipton, wearing a coat designed by Donna Karan (Photo by Gregory Pace/FilmMagic)
Peggy Lipton, wearing a coat designed by Donna Karan (Photo by Gregory Pace/FilmMagic)
Rashida Jones and Peggy Lipton during "The Station Agent" New York Premiere at Walter Reade Theater - Lincoln Center in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage)
Peggy Lipton in Dior during Dior Dance for Life to Benefit the Aaliyah Memorial Fund, a Program of the Entertainment Industry Foundation at Private Residence in Bel Air, California, United States. (Photo by Donato Sardella/WireImage)
Peggy Lipton, Diane Haughton and Damon Dash during Dior Dance for Life to Benefit the Aaliyah Memorial Fund, a Program of the Entertainment Industry Foundation at Private Residence in Bel Air, California, United States. (Photo by Donato Sardella/WireImage)
Peggy Lipton and Rashida Jones during Little Black Book - New York Premiere - Arrivals at Ziegfeld Theatre in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
Peggy Lipton during Little Black Book - New York Premiere - Arrivals at Ziegfeld Theatre in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
Rashida Jones and Peggy Lipton during "Little Black Book" - New York Premiere - Arrivals at Ziegfeld Theatre in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by L. Busacca/WireImage)
Peggy Lipton, Kidada Jones and Teri Hatcher during Disney's Alice in Wonderland Mad Tea Party at Private Residence in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Donato Sardella/WireImage for Disney Consumer Products)
Peggy Lipton and Naomi Campbell during Disney's Alice in Wonderland Mad Tea Party at Private Residence in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Donato Sardella/WireImage for Disney Consumer Products)
Peggy Lipton during Peggy Lipton Signs her Book Breathing Out at Book Soup in West Hollywood - August 17, 2005 at Book Soup in West Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by John Heller/WireImage)
Peggy Lipton and daughter Kidada Jones at the Disney Vault 28 in Anaheim, California (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
Peggy Lipton and Quincy Jones during Kidada Jones Hosts Kidada for Disney Coutour Party at Private Residence in Bel Air, California, United States. (Photo by Jeff Vespa/WireImage for A List)
VENICE, ITALY - JUNE 5: (L-R) Phyllis Mack, Sir Stuart Lipton and Lady Ruth Lipton attend R I Group Hosts A Private Cocktail Party For Barney/Bueys at The Peggy Guggenheim Collection on June 5, 2007 in VENICE, ITALY. (Photo by SHANE O'NEILL/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
Tina Jones, Peggy Lipton, Rashida Jones, Quincy Jones and Kidada Jones (Photo by Jeff Vespa/WireImage for A List)
UNITED STATES - JUNE 09: MOD SQUAD - "An Eye for an Eye" 10/7/69 Robert Cannon, Peggy Lipton (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - MAY 20: MOD SQUAD - "The Exile" 2/3/70 Michael Cole, Clarence Williams III, Peggy Lipton, Nico Minardos (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - MAY 20: MOD SQUAD - "The King of Empty Cups" 1/20/70 Peggy Lipton, Tige Andrews (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
Actress Rashida Jones and her mother actress Peggy Lipton (R) arrive at the premiere of "I Love You, Man" held at Mann's Village Theater on March 17, 2009 in Westwood, California. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS (Photo credit should read GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)
Actress Rashida Jones and her mother actress Peggy Lipton (R) arrive at the premiere of "I Love You, Man" held at Mann's Village Theater on March 17, 2009 in Westwood, California. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS (Photo credit should read GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 11: Actress Rashida Jones and Peggy Lipton arrives at the Giorgio Armani / Vanity Fair private dinner on October 11, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for Giorgio Armani)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 15: Peggy Lipton arrives at the 19th Annual ELLE Women In Hollywood Celebration at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on October 15, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 15: Actress Peggy Lipton arrives at ELLE's 19th Annual Women In Hollywood Celebration at the Four Seasons Hotel on October 15, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 15: Actors Peggy Lipton and Rashida Jones attend ELLE's 19th Annual Women In Hollywood Celebration at the Four Seasons Hotel on October 15, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jeff Vespa/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Actresses Rashida Jones (L) and Peggy Lipton attend the launch celebration of the Banana Republic L'Wren Scott Collection hosted by Banana Republic, L'Wren Scott and Krista Smith at Chateau Marmont on November 19, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Banana Republic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 17: (L-R) Quincy Jones III, Martina Jones, Quincy Jones, Rashida Jones and Peggy Lipton arrive at the Los Angeles premiere of "Keep On Keepin' On" at the Landmark Theatre on September 17, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 17: (L-R) Rashida Jones and her mother Peggy Lipton attend the 'Keep On Keepin' On' premiere at Landmark Theatre on September 17, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Tibrina Hobson/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 27: Peggy Lipton arrives at Revlon's Annual Philanthropic Luncheon at Chateau Marmont on September 27, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 27: Peggy Lipton and daughter Rashida Jones arrive at Revlon's Annual Philanthropic Luncheon at Chateau Marmont on September 27, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 14: Actor Peggy Lipton attends the premiere of Netflix's 'Quincy' at Linwood Dunn Theater on September 14, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by JC Olivera/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 14: Peggy Lipton attends Netflix's "Quincy" Los Angeles Special Screening at Linwood Dunn Theater on September 14, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for Netflix)
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The 86-year-old added a message noting that, while he and Lipton had split, they remained close.

“There is absolutely no combination of words that can express the sadness I feel after losing my beloved Peggy Lipton ... my wife of 14 years,” he wrote. “We shared many, many beautiful memories, and most importantly, we share two incredible daughters.

“Regardless of the paths that our lives took us on, I can say with the utmost certainty, that love is eternal. Thank you all for the love and support you've shown me and my family.”


Jones also included a statement from their daughters thanking fans for their support and requesting that donations may be made in Lipton’s memory to the hospice where she received “great care.”

Lipton’s interracial marriage to Jones, 14 years her senior, sparked racist backlash, which she detailed in her 2005 memoir, Breathing Out. The book also revealed her 2004 treatment for colon cancer, the disease which would ultimately claim her life 15 years later.

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