Matt Damon's Father Dies After Bout with Cancer

Matt Damon is kissed by his father Kent, before the screening of the film

News came over the holiday weekend that Kent Damon, the father of Oscar victor Matt Damon, has died after a years-long battle with cancer.

According to the Boston Globe, he passed away on December 14 from multiple myeloma, a specific bone marrow cancer.

Kent Damon, 74, had suffered from a rare blood disease known as multiple myeloma, and his condition had worsened in recent months.

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Matt Damon has worked to raise awareness and money for cancer research and treatment since his father was diagnosed in 2010.

That was enough to keep Damon's father going for the last few years, no doubt in part because of the bond he had with his son. At the time, a rep for Paramount Pictures said the Oscar victor was out of town dealing with an ongoing family matter.

Damon talked about his father's health while promoting his latest film, "Downsizing", telling "Extra" that the prognosis was not good.

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