Rio Hackford, Helen Mirren’s stepson, died of a rare form of cancer, she announced on Tuesday.
Rio made his debut movie appearance in 1990’s “Pretty Woman,” according to sources. He has also appeared in films such as “American Crime Story,” “The Mandalorian,” “Treme,” “True Detective,” “Swingers,” “Raising Helen,” “Deja Vu,” and others.
His most recent acting role was on Hulu’s “Pam & Tommy.”
Rio died of uveal melanoma, a particularly aggressive and uncommon form of cancer, according to a joint statement released by the actress and her husband, Taylor Hackford, to People.
“We implore everyone reading this to have their eyes tested at least once a year since this could save the lives of their loved ones.”
The two went on to claim that Rio’s life had “inspired” them and that his death had left them “heartbroken.”
They explained, “His life showed us how to live in charity and community.” “He shared his life’s journey with so many people who now grieve him while also celebrating their good fortune in meeting him.”
Mirren also paid tribute to Rio on Instagram, writing “El Rio” in the description of her image.
Rio died on April 14 at the age of 51, as previously revealed by Page Six.
He made his film debut in “Pretty Woman,” followed by roles in “Swingers,” “Raising Helen,” “Deja Vu,” “Fred Claus,” “Jonah Hex,” and “True Detective.”
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Rio’s most recent project was the Hulu comedy “Pam & Tommy,” in which Lily James played Pamela Anderson and Sebastian Stan played Tommy Lee.
Fans and friends paid tribute to him on social media shortly after his death was confirmed.
Lake Bell remarked, “This is a big loss,” while Cary Elwes wrote, “May his memory always be a blessing.”
“I remember him exiting his old yellow cab in late ’80s Chicago!” wrote Robin Tunney, star of “The Mentalist.” Rio could not be dwarfed by his ridiculous vehicle, despite the car’s size.”
“He was too kind to be so attractive,” Tunney continued. It’s far too cool to be so relatable. That man, oh my goodness, was a one-of-a-kind individual. Rio, rest in peace.”
They went on to say that Rio’s life has “inspired” them and that they are “heartbroken” by his death.
“His life demonstrated how to live in charity and community,” they add in their statement. “He shared his life’s journey with so many people who now grieve him while also celebrating their good fortune in meeting him.”
Rio Hackford died this week in Huntington Beach, California, according to his brother Alex Hackford.
The loss of Taylor Hackford’s son Rio has prompted Helen Mirren and her husband, Taylor Hackford, to speak out.
Rio, 51, died of “uveal melanoma, a particularly aggressive and rare kind of cancer,” the married couple announced in a joint statement on Tuesday.
In a statement to People magazine, the pair urged anybody who reads about Rio’s death to “have their eyes tested once a year, which could spare their loved ones from this malignancy.”
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