Rutger Hauer, the actor best known for playing the replicant Roy Batty in Blade Runner, has died due to an unnamed illness while in the Netherlands at age 75. Hauer also starred in films including Batman Begins, Sin City, and the TV adaptation of Stephen King’s Salem’s Lot.
But what most Blade Runner fans will likely notice is the odd coincidence that Hauer has passed away in 2019, the exact same year his iconic character died in Blade Runner.
In the film, he was born as a replicant on January 8, 2016, and several years later, just as he’s about to kill Harrison Ford, he decides to spare him, and instead delivers an epic speech, just before fading away:
“I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe… Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain.”
Rest in peace to a science fiction icon.
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