Helen Mirren and her husband, Taylor Hackford, have detailed the death of their stepson Taylor‘s son, Rio Hackford.
The couple said Rio, 51, died of “uveal melanoma, a very aggressive and rare form of cancer,” the couple said in a joint statement on Tuesday.
In their statement to People magazine, the pair encourages everyone reading about Rio’s death “to get their eyes tested once a year, which might save their loved ones from this cancer.”
They added that they are “inspired” by Rio’s life and “heartbroken” over his loss.
“His life showed us how to live in generosity and community,” their statement continues.
“He shared his life’s journey with so many who now mourn him, and at the same time, celebrate their fortune in knowing him.”
Rio died last week in Huntington Beach, California, his brother Alex Hackford informed Variety.
Rio was an actor whose first onscreen appearance was in “Pretty Woman” in 1990.
He also starred in “American Crime Story,” “The Mandalorian,” “Treme,” “True Detective,” “Swingers,” “Raising Helen,” “Deja Vu” and more.
His most recent acting credit was in “Pam & Tommy” on Hulu.
Helen paid tribute to Rio this past weekend in an Instagram post. She shared a throwback photo of the actor with the caption, “El Rio.”
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.
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