James Franco

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Our hearts go out to James Franco.

The Oscar-nominated actor's father, Doug Franco, died suddenly last week, his family has confirmed. He was 63.

"It is true that my sweet, generous husband passed away. He gave so much to his three sons and me, and to many other people, too," James' mom, writer and actress Betsy Franco, wrote on Twitter. She did not give a cause of death.

Betsy and Doug, a Silicon Valley businessman, attended the Oscars this year to watch James make his hosting debut. The reviews were mixed, but the 127 Hours star's parents still looked pretty proud as they congratulated their son and snapped photos backstage.

James has two younger brothers, fellow actor Dave and Tom, an artist.

There has been no comment yet from the siblings' corner.

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