Posted on Wed Oct 5, 2011 10:35 AM PDT
James Franco's father Doug Franco died suddenly last week at age 63.
Franco's mother, Betsy -- a writer and actress -- confirmed on Twitter:
- "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."
A cause of death is not yet known.
Doug, a businessman, attended the Oscars this year to watch James' hosting gig.
He is also survived by James' brothers, Dave, an actor, and Tom, an artist.
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