'Blade Runner' fans spot strange coincidence in Rutger Hauer's death

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Rutger Hauer (Credit: Victoria Will/Invision/AP)

With the news that the veteran actor Rutger Hauer died last week at the age of 75 has come a peculiar alignment in the stars.

Hauer was best known for his iconic role as Roy Batty, the homicidal android 'replicant' hunted by Harrison Ford's Rick Deckard in Ridley Scott's benchmark sci-fi Blade Runner.

Ultimately, as Deckard closes in on Batty, who has become self-aware but whose life span is coming to an end, the two share a moment together, among the most memorable in cinema history.

Batty tells Deckard of the incredible things he has seen in space, and expresses sorrow at how when he dies his memories will be lost, 'like tears in rain', an unscripted line added by Hauer himself.

Rutger Hauer as Roy Batty in Blade Runner (Credit: Warner Bros)

In Blade Runner, the year is 2019, meaning that Roy Batty and the iconic Hauer died in the same year. Which seems strangely poignant.

Hauer died on July 19, following a short illness, with his funeral being held yesterday, according to his agent.

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Blade Runner was only Hauer's second appearance in a Hollywood movie, after making his name in his native Holland.

He went on to further iconic roles in The Hitcher and fantasy movie Ladyhawke, and made memorable appearances in Sin City, Batman Begins, True Blood and Buffy.

But he will always be remembered for playing Roy Batty...

“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. Time to die.”

RIP Rutger Hauer.