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

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.

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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.

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

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LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 03: Actor Rutger Hauer attends the Los Angeles special screening of 'The Letters' at the Landmark Theatre on December 3, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 08: (L-R) Alexander Dreymon, David Dawson, Rutger Hauer, Rune Temte and Emily Cox attend a photocall for "The Last Kingdom" at Charlotte Street Hotel on September 8, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 08: Rutger Hauer attends a photocall for "The Last Kingdom" at Charlotte Street Hotel on September 8, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images,)
GALAVANT - "Death After Brunch" - Thinking about being in a relationship, Isabella wants Galavant to try to impress her parents with attentive small talk, but he's confident that breaking everyone out of prison will impress them and save them from certain death. Galavant gets his opportunity for a hero moment when King Richard challenges his brother to a duel and needs a champion to fight for him, on "Galavant," airing SUNDAY, JANUARY 25 (8:00-8:30 p.m., ET) on the Walt Disney Television via Getty Images Television Network. (Photo by Nick Ray/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images via Getty Images)
GALAVANT - "Dungeons and Dragon Lady" - While Galavant struggles with the realization about his true love, King Richard goes on a voyage of self-discovery, thanks to a potion from the magician, Xanax (guest star Ricky Gervais). As Galavant draws closer to the woman he really loves, an emboldened King Richard starts to assert himself, just as his meaner, elder brother returns-Kingsley (Rutger Hauer) on "Galavant," airing SUNDAY, JANUARY 18 (8:30-9:00 p.m., ET) on the Walt Disney Television via Getty Images Television Network. (Photo by Daniel Liam/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images via Getty Images)
BURBANK, CA - MARCH 29: Actor Rutger Hauer attends the 2014 Monsterpalooza: The Art Of Monsters Convention held at Marriott Airport Hotel on March 29, 2014 in Burbank, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)
ROME, ITALY - FEBRUARY 02: Rutger Hauer attends the 'Sights Of Death' Pre Berlinale Party at NUR BAR on February 2, 2014 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Ernesto Ruscio/Getty Images)
ROME, ITALY - JANUARY 23: Actor Rutger Hauer attends"'Sights Of Death" photocall in Rome - Villa Borghese (Photo byAndrea Ciucci/NurPhoto) (Photo by NurPhoto/Corbis via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 11: Actor Rutger Hauer attends the season 6 premiere of HBO's "True Blood" at ArcLight Cinemas Cinerama Dome on June 11, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 19: Actor Rutger Hauer attends "The Future" premiere at Prospector Square during the 2013 Sundance Film Festival on January 19, 2013 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Kristin Murphy/Getty Images)
BOLOGNA, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 08: Dutch actor Rutger Hauer meets the audience at Cineteca di Bologna on September 8, 2012 in Bologna, Italy. (Photo by Roberto Serra - Iguana Press/Getty Images)
Dutch actor Rutger Hauer poses on October 17, 2011 before the premiere of the film "The Heineken Kidnapping" by Maarten Treurniet in Amsterdam. AFP PHOTO / ILVY NJIOKIKTJIEN - netherlands out - belgium out - (Photo credit should read Ilvy Njiokiktjien/AFP/Getty Images)
VENICE, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 06: Actor Rutger Hauer attends the "Il Villaggio di Cartone" Premiere during the 68th Venice International Film Festival at Palazzo del Casino on September 6, 2011 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Dominique Charriau/WireImage)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 27: Actor Rutger Hauer attends the "Life In A Day" Premiere at the Eccles Center Theatre during the 2011 Sundance Film Festival on January 27, 2011 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 21: Rutger Hauer attends the Cinema Cafe 1 at the Filmmaker's Lounge during the 2011 Sundance Film Festival on January 21, 2011 in Toronto, Ontario. (Photo by Fred Hayes/Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - OCTOBER 05: Actor Rutger Hauer attends "Chiambretti Night" Italian TV Show held at Mediaset Studios on October 5, 2010 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Stefania D'Alessandro/Getty Images)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 06: Rutger Hauer attends the launch of "Blade Runner - The Final Cut" at the Jam Factory on December 6, 2007 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Kane Hibberd/Getty Images)
AP OUT AP OUT: Director of the film Ridley Scott (2nd left) with the cast Edward James Olmos (left), Daryl Hannah and Rutger Hauer at the premiere for 'Blade Runner: The Final Cut'', at the Venice Film Festival in Italy. (Photo by Yui Mok - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
Edward James Olmos and Rutger Hauer during a photocall for the film 'Blade Runner: The Final Cut', at the Venice Film Festival in Italy, Saturday 1 September 2007. (Photo by Yui Mok - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
Rutger Hauer during "Sin City" Los Angeles Premiere - Arrivals at Mann National Premiere in Westwood, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
MELBOURNE - MAY 27: German actor Rutger Hauer at the opening night of the 20th St Kilda Film Festival, at the Palais Theatre in St Kilda, Victoria, Australia. (Photo by Regis MArtin/Getty Images).
Dutch actor Rutger Hauer arriving for the Hallmark Entertainment Network UK launch, held at Claridge's Hotel, in Brook Street, London. (Photo by Michael Crabtree - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - JULY 24: Actor Rutger Hauer departs for New York City on July 24, 1997 from the Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - NOVEMBER 4: Actor Rutger Hauer attends the Big Sisters Guild of Los Angeles Sterling Award Salute to Kathleen Kennedy on November 4, 1994 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 6: Actor Rutger Hauer attends the Screening of the TNT Original Movie "Amelia Earhart: The Final Flight" on June 6, 1994 at the DGA Theatre in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD - JANUARY 16: Actor Rutger Hauer and actress Penelope Ann Miller attend the 15th Annual CableACE Awards on January 16, 1994 at Pantages Theatre in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode -- Pictured: (l-r) Actor Rutger Hauer during an interview with host Jay Leno on September 1, 1992 (Photo by Chris Haston/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 18: Actor Rutger Hauer attends the 49th Annual Golden Globe Awards on January 18, 1992 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
Dutch actor Rutger Hauer poses against a black background, October 1990. (Photo by Terry O'Neill/Iconic Images/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 27: Actor Rutger Hauer and wife Ineke ten Kate attend the Seventh Annual American Cinema Awards on January 27, 1990 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 9: Actor Rutger Hauer attends the Third Annual IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards on April 9, 1988 at Rosalie's Restaurant, 385 N. La Cienega Blvd. in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
WESTWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 18: Actor Rutger Hauer attends "The Hitcher" Westwood Premiere on February 18, 1986 at the Mann National Theatre in Westwood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 23: Actor Rutger Hauer attends the 45th Annual Golden Globe Awards on January 23, 1988 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
Headshot of actor Rutger Hauer, as he appears in the movie 'Blade Runner', 1982. (Photo by Stanley Bielecki Movie Collection/Getty Images)
Rutger Hauer on the set of "Blade Runner", directed by Ridley Scott. (Photo by Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images)
Dutch actor Rutger Hauer, as replicant Roy Batty, in a scene from Ridley Scott's futuristic thriller 'Blade Runner', 1982. (Photo by Warner Bros./Archive Photos/Getty Images)
Rutger Hauer, 1980s. (Photo by Film Favorites/Getty Images)
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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.

This article originally appeared on Yahoo UK
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