Rutger Hauer, star of Blade Runner and Nighthawks, dies aged 75

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The Dutch star passed away at the age of 75 it has been confirmed. Source: Getty.

He is best remembered for his role in Blade Runner and tributes poured in on Thursday after the news broke that Dutch actor Rutger Hauer had passed away at the age of 75.

News of the star’s death was shared on his official website as it was confirmed that he died on Friday 19 July following a very short illness. A spokesperson added that he passed away at home, leaving behind his wife Ineke, after 50 years together.

“The Rutger Hauer Starfish Association announces with infinite sadness that after a very short illness, on Friday, July 19, 2019, Rutger passed away peacefully at his Dutch home,” the statement read.

“We at Starfish will always cherish the many unforgettable memories we have of Rutger and his dedication to the Rutger Hauer Starfish Association.”

The statement also revealed that the actor – who starred alongside huge names such as Sylvester Stallone, Harrison Ford and Michelle Pfeiffeer – had left instructions for his Starfish Association to continue its charitable work in the field of AIDS research.

It continued: “With Ineke’s precious help, involvement and direction we will follow Rutger’s wish and will do our best to carry on Rutger’s inestimable legacy.”

Hauer is most iconic for his role alongside Ford in 1982’s Blade Runner, and is also well-known for roles in the likes of Nighthawks (1981), Chanel Solitaire (1981) and more recently in TV shows such as True Blood and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Tributes poured in for the star on social media, with filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro writing: “RIP the great Rutger Hauer: an intense, deep, genuine and magnetic actor that brought truth, power and beauty to his films. My personal favorites [sic]: Flesh + Blood, Eureka, The Hitcher, Blade Runner, Ladyhawke and Blind Fury.”

While Gary Numan wrote: “This evening in Zadar I took this picture of the sun setting a few minutes before I heard the news about Rutger Hauer, sitting on a wall where the flow of sea water makes the most haunting musical noise, which all seems strangely appropriate now.”

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