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Helen Mirren pays tribute to her stepson Rio Hackford after his death

Helen Mirren has paid tribute to her stepson Rio Hackford after the actor’s tragic death at the age of 51.

Rio was the son of director Taylor Hackford, who Mirren has been married to since 1997.

He died of an unspecified illness on April 14, his brother Alex told Variety.

Over the weekend, Mirren posted a photo of the actor on Instagram with the caption “El Rio.”

Rio made her first screen appearance in “Pretty Woman.” He then starred in ‘Swingers’, ‘Raising Helen’, ‘Deja Vu’, ‘Fred Claus’, ‘Jonah Hex’ and ‘True Detective’. Her most recent credit was in Hulu’s “Pam & Tommy.”

Shortly after news of his death broke, fans and celebrities alike paid poignant tributes on social media.

Rio’s friend and screenwriter DV DeVincentis wrote a heartfelt tribute alongside a photo of the late actor. “Rio was more tuned into the experience than anyone I’ve ever known,” he wrote in part.

“He would stop what was happening to report it, make you pay attention,” DeVincentis continued.

“He would order you a must-try experience from a beloved menu and hold your eye as you paid attention to what was going in your mouth. ‘Good guy? I mean… right? He would put an experience for you on the stereo and then start it again and play it again for you because we were talking about it the first time and ‘Dude, you really gotta listen to it.’

Others rushed to share their condolences in the comments section of Mirren’s post. “It’s a huge loss,” director Lake Bell wrote. Elsewhere, Cary Elwes commented: “Sorry for your loss. May his memory always be a blessing.

“I was so sad to hear of Rio’s passing,” wrote ‘The Mentalist’ star Robin Tunney. “I remember him getting out of his old yellow cab in the late 80s in Chicago! The car was huge but Rio couldn’t be overshadowed by its impractical ride.

“He was too nice to be so handsome. Too cool to be so relatable. My God, this man was special. RIP Rio,” Tunney added.

Rio Hackford and Helen Mirren on the red carpet
Helen Mirren married Taylor Hackford, Rio’s father, in 1997.
John Sciuli

New York Post

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