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Sid Haig, Horror Icon, Passes Away at 80

Published on September 23rd, 2019 | Updated on September 23rd, 2019 | By FanFest

With our deepest sorrow, we have to report of the passing of legendary horror icon Sid Haig this past Saturday. He was 80 years old.  At my very first Days of the Dead convention, I remember walking up to Sid’s table. At that point in my life, I had severely under-budgeted for what was my third convention ever. As he sat at his table, I walked straight up to his table as if I had known this man my whole life and expressed to him how much Captain Spaulding meant to me. His character will forever be my favorite in House of 1,000 Corpses and I developed major love for the character in The Devil’s Rejects. I shook his hand and he thanked me for stopping by to say that.

Earlier this year I told myself I had to get an autograph from him. One with a signature line I cannot write here. For fans of Haig, I will say it was about ice cream. He happily obliged in signing it and a picture. The best thing about Sid is that he made everyone feel welcome at his table. Even those of us who merely wanted to meet him and couldn’t afford a so-called admission price to meet him. Needless to say, Haig will be missed feels like an understatement this morning for horror fans and friends of Haig alike.

Sid Haig was an incredible character actor whose career spanned almost six decades. In 2003 though, Haig embraced the character of Captain Spaulding and made horror fans yearn for more from one of our favorite clowns. The Devil’s Rejects (2005) made horror fans adore the character even more somehow. Despite the terror that he inflicted in the hearts of fans, we loved Haig and his performance. He also appeared in High on the Hog (2019), Death House (2017), Bone Tomahawk (2015), Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004), and recently finished a brief portrayal as Captain Spaulding one last time in 3 from Hell (2019).

While in early September, Haig was admitted to the hospital due to a fall, his wife Suzie reported that Haig appeared on the mend. Despite the hope that fans, family, and friends alike had, on Saturday our hope slowly faded. As reported by iHorror, the news came in a heart-wrenching post from Suzie via Haig’s Instagram.  

Thank you Sid Haig for being such a gem in this world.  There are not enough words to accurately express the joy you brought to your fans hearts. Our hearts and condolences goes out to your friends, family, and fans around the world at this time.  May you Rest in Peace sir and have all the tutti fruiti you can eat.

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