“Mandalorian” star dies at 51
Mirren explains about her stepson’s death
4/20/2022, 2:59 p.m
Almost a week ago, “The Mandalorian” star Rio Hackford died unexpectedly at the age of 51. Now his father and his famous stepmother Helen Mirren share touching words about him and what he died of. They link the whole thing to an appeal.
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, the 76-year-old actress appealed because of the tragedy: “We ask everyone who reads this to have their eyes tested at least once a year. That could save a loved one from this type of cancer.”
“Lucky to have known him”
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.”
Hackford was known from films and television shows such as “Jonah Hex”, “Swingers” or “Star Wars: The Mandalorian”. 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”. Rio Hackford is survived by his wife, musician Libby Grace, and two children, according to Variety.