Oscar-winning actor William Hurt has sadly passed away just days before his 72nd birthday, his son has confirmed.
The star was best known for his work on Kiss Of The Spider Woman, The Good Shepherd and, to younger audiences, his role as Marvel’s Thaddeus Ross.
Due to the surname Hurt, some fans have wondered whether William was related to another late famous actor, John Hurt?
We break down everything you need to know.
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Marvel star passes away at 71
Fans are mourning after award-winning actor William Hurt, best known for his roles in Marvel movies and Kiss Of The Spider Woman, passed away.
Hurt’s son, Will, confirmed his father’s passing in a statement, reported by Deadline: “It is with great sadness the Hurt family mourns the passing of William Hurt, beloved father and Oscar-winning actor, on 13 March 2022, one week before his 72nd birthday. He died peacefully, among family, of natural causes.”
In 2018, it was revealed William Hurt had terminal prostate cancer that had spread to his bones.
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Were William Hurt and John Hurt related?
Due to their shared surnames, some fans have connected William Hurt with actor John Hurt, who died in 2017. However, the two stars were unrelated.
William Hurt was born in the US. As reported by The New York Times, William leaves behind three sons, a daughter, two brothers – James Hurt and Ken O’Sullivan – and two grandchildren.
John Hurt, who was born in the UK, had two siblings, Anselm and Monica. The British actor was best known for his roles in the Harry Potter franchise and 1980 movie The Elephant Man.
Likewise, neither actor was related to American star John Heard, who passed away in 2017.
Fans mourn William Hurt
Following the sad news of William Hurt’s passing, fans and friends took to social media to pay tribute.
One fan tweeted: “So sad to hear about William Hurt’s passing.”
Another wrote: “RIP William Hurt, loved him in the Marvel movies!”
Fellow actors Mark Ruffalo and George Takei paid tribute on Twitter, as did Marvel Studios and best-selling author Stephen King: