Matthew McConaughey's father died while having sex, here's why his mother refused to cover his body

Matthew McConaughey's father died while having sex, here's why his mother refused to cover his body
Matthew McConachey's mother Mary Kathlene McCabe and father James Donald McConaughey were made for each other (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for SXSW and Instagram/@officiallymcconaughey)

AUSTIN, TEXAS: Matthew McConaughey's mother Mary Kathlene McCabe refused to allow the police to cover his father James Donald McConaughey's bare body after he died during sex, so that she could show off why he was known as "Big Jim". The incident happened on August 17, 1992. In his biography 'Greenlights', the 53-year-old actor has opened up about his parents' relationship and compared it to "the Pacific Ocean in a hurricane."

Kay and James McConaughey's relationship was highly turbulent; they went through two divorces and three marriages. Despite their ups and downs, McConaughey claimed that their love and humanity for one another "superseded" the terrible times.The actor said that his father's prediction that he would pass away while "making love" to his wife came true, therefore their desire for one another was never a problem.


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Describing the moment in his book, McConaughey writes, "I got a call from my mum: 'Your dad died.' My knees buckled. I couldn’t believe it. He was my dad. Nobody or nothing could kill him. Except mum. He called the shot. He always told us: 'Boys, when I go out of this place, I’m going to be making love to your mother,' and son of a b***h if he did that."

Even though this is quite plain on its own, it turns out that McConaughey chose to omit other details from the book. Instead, he revealed the information on an edition of the podcast 'WTF with Marc Maron', saying, "There’s other parts of the story that aren’t even in the book"

"I found out later that when the ambulance came to get him at the house, obviously all the neighbours came out on the street. And they came and told me later that my mum, in her negligee nightie that she had woke up in, wouldn’t let the paramedics cover him. She kept ripping the sheet off going: 'Uh-uh, I want the world to see why his nickname was Big Jim, don’t you cover him!' We suppose that's a good approach to make sure your neighbors and any onlookers never forget you."

Kay herself opened up about her late husband in a 2020 episode of the 'Red Table Talk' in which she said, "You know how he died, don't you? My husband died making love to me, and I remember saying when he fell back, I said, 'What's the matter, big boy? I wear you out?' And he's [giving] no response, no response and I'm thinking, 'Oh my god, something's wrong.'" She continued, "I had no idea that it was too much. His heart just stopped, you know? We had a party for him, kind of a celebration of his life."

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