The new year is off to a rough start for The Hangover actor Bradley Cooper.

The screen stud is mourning the loss of his dad. Charles Cooper, a stockbroker for Merrill Lynch, passed away after a lengthy illness on Saturday, PEOPLE has learned. He was 71.

Actress Renee Zellweger, who has been dating Bradley for more than a year, skipped her appearance at Sunday’s Golden Globe Awards to comfort her beau.

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