Actor Matt Damon’s father dies at age 74


Actor Matt Damon’s father recently lost a battle with cancer. Kent Damon passed away on December 14, at age 74.

Reports surfaced Saturday, after Damon’s publicist Jennifer Allen, confirmed that Kent had died of complications from multiple myeloma, a rare blood disease. In 2011, Kent revealed that he was in remission. He was reportedly diagnosed in 2010, but in recent months his condition had been deteriorating.

Matt, 47, had recently canceled several appearances as his father’s condition worsened. According to People, he skipped the 2017 Britannia Awards in England in October, where he was honored with the Stanley Kubrick Award for Excellence in Film, to be with his family in Boston.

“It’s been a slow unfolding, my dad’s sick, so that’s been a process we’re going through,” Damon said earlier this month, according to Extra. “We’ll take any prayers you got.”

After his fathers diagnosis, Matt used his celebrity status to raise awareness and money for cancer research and treatment, hosting private fundraisers in Los Angeles and attending benefits for the Massachusetts General Hospital’s Cancer Center in Boston, where Kent had received treatment.

In 2011, Matt and his father joined to honor doctors at Massachusetts General Hospital at a event in Boston.

“We’ve lost some close personal friends to cancer in recent years, but I never thought it would happen to my dad, the marathon runner,” Matt said at the event.

Kent heaped praise on his son at the event, reportedly saying, “He’s all you could ever for ask for in a son. It’s been a wonderful ride being his dad.”

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