Horror star Sid Haig has died, aged 80.
The actor, who became a scary movie icon thanks to his role in House of 1000 Corpses and its sequel The Devil’s Rejects, died on Saturday, according to an Instagram post by his wife Susan L. Oberg.
“On Saturday, September 21, 2019, my light, my heart, my true love, my King, the other half of my soul, Sidney, passed from this realm on to the next,” reads the statement.
“He has returned to the Universe, a shining star in her heavens. He was my angel, my husband, my best friend and always will be. He adored his family, his friends and his fans. This came as a shock to all of us.
“We, as a family, are asking that our privacy and time to mourn be respected. Goodnight, my love. We will find each other again, next time. I love you.”
The cult film star was admitted to hospital after a “nasty spill” a week ago but subsequently suffered serious breathing complications.
Haig was then transferred to the ICU but despite reports his health was improving, it got worse.
He appeared in several Rob Zombie movies and his last performance as the iconic character Captain Spaulding can be seen in the director’s latest 3 From Hell.
Fans shared their condolences online.
Sid Haig has passed away at the age 80. R.I.P. (July 14, 1939 - September 21, 2019) pic.twitter.com/7A5unPUP5k— Horror-Con (@HorrorCon2013) September 23, 2019
Absolutely heart broken to hear about Sid Haig. Such a great actor, an inspiration and above all, a big heart. Rest in peace and thank you so, so much ❤️🤡 pic.twitter.com/4VE7Ygjqnm— BaptismOnFire (@BaptismOnFire) September 23, 2019
Hearing that the mighty Sid Haig has passed away. Rest in peace Captain, you will be sorely missed. pic.twitter.com/m308veWck7— Lee (@Lee_JM75) September 23, 2019
Haig had a long-running career in film and as well as appearing in horror films, he also had a leading role in the television series Jason of Star Command, as the villain Dragos.
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The actor appeared in several blaxploitation movies during the 1970s opposite Pam Greer, including Coffy, Foxy Brown and Black Mama, White Mama.
Haig also starred in the Quentin Tarantino movies Jackie Brown - again opposite Grier - and Kill Bill Vol. 2.
He is survived by his wife Susan.