Following a battle with cancer that spanned multiple years, Kent Damon, father of Oscar winner Matt Damon, has died, the actor’s rep Jennifer Allen told the Boston Globe on Saturday.
The senior Damon was 74.
News came over the holiday weekend, but Kent Damon died on Dec. 14 following complications from multiple myeloma, a rare blood disease that affects bone marrow.
He was diagnosed in 2010 with the disease.
“It’s been a slow unfolding; my dad’s sick, so that’s been a process we’re going through,” Matt Damon, told Extra in a recent interview while promoting his film “Downsizing.” “We’ll take any prayers you got, so throw ‘em up there,” he added.
Damon skipped the Los Angeles premiere of the film, and a few other promotional gigs for the movie, due to his father’s degrading health.
A rep for Paramount Pictures said Damon was out of town “dealing with an ongoing family matter,” reports said.
The actor also skipped the 2017 Britannia Awards at the last-minute, citing a “family emergency.”