Helen Mirren has paid tribute to her stepson Rio Hackford following his death last week.
Rio, actor and club owner, died Thursday in Huntington Beach, Calif., at the age of 51. His half-brother Alex Hackford told Variety on Friday that Rio died of an illness.
The British actress, who is married to the Rio director’s father, Taylor Hackford, paid tribute to her stepson on Instagram over the weekend.
She shared a close-up photo of Rio laughing and simply wrote, “El Rio” in the caption.
In the comments, The Princess Bride actor Cary Elwes posted, “Truly sorry for your loss. May her memory always be a blessing.”
High Fidelity screenwriter DV DeVincentis also penned a lengthy Instagram post honoring his late friend, who he described as “the supreme curator of experience.”
“We (his friends) are a planetary system and Rio was the star, the gravitational center of attraction and balance, and the light source of the system. And we are so LESS today, now. And the world makes so much LESS sense, like it’s even possible,” he posted.
Underneath her post, Lake Bell commented, “It’s a huge loss,” and The Craft actress Robin Tunney added, “I was so sad to hear of Rio’s passing…He was too nice to be this handsome. Too cool to be this relatable. My Gos (sic) this man was special. RIP Rio.”
Rio has appeared in movies such as Pretty Woman, Jonah Hex and Swingers, and TV shows such as Treme, Pam & Tommy, The Mandalorian and The People v. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story.
He also owned several bars, including Monty’s in Los Angeles, Homestead in San Francisco, and Pal’s Lounge and One-Eyed Jacks in New Orleans.
Rio, whose mother is Taylor’s first wife, Georgie Lowres, is survived by his musician wife Libby Grace and two children.