Updated on 04/20/2022 10:02 am
- Helen Mirren mourns the loss of her stepson, Rio Hackford, who died of an aggressive form of eye cancer.
- She and her husband Taylor Hackford are urging fans to take regular checkups.
Hollywood star Helen Mirren and husband Taylor Hackford have released a joint statement to People about the deaths of Hackford’s son and Mirren’s stepson Rio. The “The Mandalorian” actor and club owner passed away last Thursday at the age of 51. Now the couple announced that he had died as a result of “a uveal melanoma, a very aggressive and rare form of cancer”.
Together with her husband appeals the actress due to the tragedy: “We urge everyone reading this to have their eyes tested at least once a year. It could save a loved one from this type of cancer.”
Their hearts are broken
Rio’s work deeply “inspired” both of them, and his loss “broke their hearts,” it said. “His life has shown us how to live with generosity and togetherness. He has shared his life journey with so many people who are now mourning him. And at the same time, they are celebrating their good fortune to have known him.”
In “The Mandalorian” he was the cast member of the droid IG-11, voiced by Taika Waititi. He also recently played a manager in the series “Pam & Tommy”. Hackford also had small appearances in films like “Pretty Woman” or “Strange Days”.
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