Harrison Ford's ex-wife dies after battle with cancer

Harrison Ford and Melissa Mathison in 2006
Harrison Ford and Melissa Mathison in 2006 Bang Showbiz

HARRISON Ford's ex-wife Melissa Mathison has died.

The 'E.T. The Extra Terrestrial' screenwriter, who was married to the actor from 1983 until 2004, passed away in Los Angeles on Wednesday, aged just 65 after sadly losing her battle to neuroendocrine cancer, her sister Melinda Mathison Johnson has confirmed to CBS News.

Steven Spielberg, who directed the 1982 classic, said of her passing: "Melissa had a heart that shined with generosity and love and burned as bright as the heart she gave 'E.T.' "

Ford, 73, is yet to comment on his ex-spouse's death.

Mathison sadly leaves behind her two grown-up children Malcolm, 28, and Georgia, 25, whom she has with Ford.

The former couple, who met on the set of Francis Ford Coppola's 'Apocalypse Now' in 1976, married in 1983 but filed for divorce 18 years later in 2011 following allegations the Hollywood legend was out partying with other women.

Their marriage was finally legally dissolved three years later and was branded the third most costly celebrity divorce in history, according to E! News.

Ford went on to tie the knot with actress Calista Flockhart in 2010 after he met her at the 2002 Golden Globe Awards, while Mathison never remarried. 

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