Tragic End: Oscar Winner William Hurt ‘Refused’ To Take Pain Medication Prior To Death
More details are beginning to pour in about Oscar winner William Hurt's death earlier this week.
The Academy-Award winner was announced dead by his son Alex Hurt losing his multi-year-long battle with prostate cancer.
Now friends close to the late 71-year-old actor are speaking out about the final days of Hurt's life.
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A friend close to Hurt spoke with Daily Mail revealing that the actor refused medical assistance up until his final day even when the pain got too much to bear.
"He sought out alternative treatments," the source claims. "And he had been doing really well for so long. He even did a couple of movies in between all of this."
The source said that things weren't looking for the actor in recent weeks. "The cancer just got the best of him. He succumbed to getting morphine just in the last week."
"We’ve talked a lot in the last year, and he was still his same self," the insider spilled. "When he was on his deathbed, he was a little confused, but he was still really sharp, right up to the end."
Hurt died just one week shy of reaching 72-years-old. According to reports, the actor died surrounded by his family in his home in Portland, Oregon — the home the actor had lived in since 2015.
Alex, told Daily Mail that the actor didn't want a funeral held for him. He explained, "My dad wanted to keep things private."
"The world knew him as an incredible artistic force, a vessel for his many characters," Hurt's son went on to call his father "a shapeshifter with an unbending willingness to seek out truth in story, a hunger to peel back what has been forgotten in our humanity, and a passion for the ways that art can validate our living experiences."
Hurt originally started as a stage actor before making the leap to the big screen in 1980 when he stared in Ken Russell's science fiction film Altered States.
Hurt would go on to be nominated for four separate Academy Awards across his 40+ year career for his performances in Children of a Lesser God, Broadcast News, A History of Violence and winning the golden statue for Kiss of the Spider Woman. He worked with directors ranging from Steven Spielberg to David Cronenberg.
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