Doug Franco, father of actor James Franco, died of a heart attack at the age of 63, according to The Daily Post, an independent, locally-owned Palo Alto and Mid-Peninsula paper.
James’ mother Betsy Verne Franco, a children’s author, tweeted late last night:
“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.”
The 63-year old Franco worked in Silicon Valley, holding positions at IBM, HP and Xerox. He also founded Secure Box, a company that is developing a shipping container security device.
He was also charitable, starting Orchard International, a nonprofit that has sent $15 millions worth on medical supplies, food and clothing to those in need in Afghanistan, Ethiopia, India, Iraq and the Phillipines. It has also provided aid to Native American and migrant communities in California.
Doug Franco is survived by his wife and three sons, James, Dave (both actors) and Tom.
So far James Franco has yet to comment.