News broke on Saturday, December 23rd that a tragedy has taken place in Hollywood. 47-year-old actor Matt Damon’s father, Kent, sadly passed away following his long battle with cancer.
Kent was 74 years old at the time of his death. In 2011, the family revealed to the public that he was in remission from a rare blood disease—multiple myeloma.
PEOPLE reported that in early December, Damon stated, “It’s been a slow unfolding, my dad’s sick, so that’s been a process we’re going through. We’ll take any prayers you got.”
According to USA Today, Kent actually passed on Saturday, December 14th, but the family did not confirm the news until a week later.
Kent was very supportive of his son’s successful career in the spotlight, but more so appreciated that he remained a great husband and amazing father, noted PEOPLE.
Damon’s father once said, “He’s all you could ever for ask for in a son. It’s been a wonderful ride being his dad.”
This sad news comes around the same time that many are targeting the Hollywood heartthrob for his reaction to the sexual misconduct scandals. Damon previously stated that sexual harassment is “different” than sexual assault, such as rape, and the two should not be grouped together in the same category, reported The Hill.
He faced a great amount of backlash for his comments, but others—including Tucker Carlson from Fox News—came to his defense.
Please keep Matt Damon’s friends, family, and loved ones in your prayers. In other recent news, another famous celebrity lost his brother due to a heart attack.