Matthew McConaughey's dad died while having sex with his mum

Sarah Carty
·Features & Style Editor
·2-min read

Matthew McConaughey is facing a backlash after sharing details about how his father died of a heart attack during sex with his mother.

The Oscar-winner is currently promoting his memoir Greenlights and the book has revealed how his dad Jim died “when he climaxed” during sex with his mum Kay.

Matthew McConaughey at AMC Universal City Walk on August 14, 2016 in Universal City, California.
Matthew McConaughey has faced backlash after revealing how his dad passed away. Photo: Getty Images

Fans have labelled the 50-year-old “classless” online, with some asking if he had received his mother’s permission before sharing the details.

An extract published in People reads: “I got a call from my mom. ‘Your dad died.’ My knees buckled. I couldn’t believe it.

“He was my dad. Nobody or nothing could kill him. Except mom.

“He’d always told me and my brothers, ‘Boys, when I go, I’m gonna be makin’ love to your mother.’ And that’s what happened. He had a heart attack when he climaxed.”

The information was not received well by many on social media.

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One person wrote on Twitter: “Is that not something incredibly private? I had no reason to know this. Is that what a grieving son does? Puts his mother’s intimacy in the news? What a classless loser.”

Someone else tweeted: “What an appalling thing to share.”

Another asked: “Did his mother give him permission to share this with the public?”

Many accused the star of sharing too much information while others found the story humorous, with many claiming it was the best way to go.

McConaughey has previously shared the tale during an appearance on the Howard Stern Show.

He told host Stern how his parents had an on-again-off-again relationship that lasted almost 40 years and included getting married three times, divorced twice and raising three children.

Camila Alves and Matthew McConaughey arrive at the Mack, Jack & McConaughey charity gala at ACL Live on April 25, 2019 in Austin, Texas.
Camila Alves and Matthew McConaughey have three children together. Photo: Getty Images

“They were wild,” McConaughey laughed.

McConaughey also revealed in the book that he knew from a very young age that he wanted to be a father

Speaking about the book on Good Morning America, he said: "I was meeting some of his new friends, looking up at them and shaking their hands, and saying, 'Nice to meet you, sir.'

"In my eight-year-old mind, what I noticed at that time, was every man that I had said 'sir' to -- the common denominator was they were all fathers, and I remember saying, 'That's when you've made it. That's when you've succeeded in life, when you become a father.'"

Matthew is now the proud father of three children whom he had with wife, Camila Alves.

With extra reporting by Danny Thompson

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