On Monday, Zombie shared a touching statement and photograph of Haig while reflecting back on Haig’s iconic Captain Spaulding role in the House of 1000 Corpses trilogy.
On Sept. 21, 2019, Haig passed away suddenly at the age of 80 after being admitted to the Intensive Care Unit. Shortly following his death, it was revealed that the 80-year-old died of chronic heart and lung issues.
A cardiorespiratory arrest was the immediate cause of death. TMZ listed respiratory failure, aspiration, aspergillus pheumonia and a “small bowel obstruction” as contributing causes of death.
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On this sad day you got to remember the good times. This photo was taken the first time me and Sid got together. It was early 2000 or perhaps even late 1999. It was at the Edith Head Costume building at Universal Studios. We were both having a good laugh at this crummy, ill-fitting clown suit. It took a few tries to get his look right, but we got there. Who knew that crazy clown would become an iconic horror figure? Certainly not the two guys in the picture. #CaptainSpaulding #sidhaig #houseof1000corpses
Now, Zombie is further paying tribute to his longtime friend on the one-year anniversary of his death. He took to Facebook on Monday to share a touching statement about Haig.
He shares how thankful he is that Haig was able to play Captain Spaulding one last time in 3 From Hell. Zombie also reveals that Haig was always the “first” and “only” Captain Spaulding in his eyes.
“Well, today marks one year since my buddy Sid Haig left us,” Zombie says. “We did a lot of stuff together over the twenty years we were friends. He was my first and only choice for Captain Spaulding back in 1999. As sad as it was, I am so glad he got to play Spaulding one last time even if it was brief. He gave it all he had. That was March 2018.”
Zombie further says that he had so much in store with Haig before his passing. Ultimately, he hopes that Haig’s legacy is never forgotten within the horror genre.
“Obviously we had originally planned to do much more back then but his health made it impossible. I can only hope this role will help him live on for future generations of horror fans.”
Well, today marks one year since my buddy Sid Haig left us. We did a lot of stuff together over the twenty years we were…
Other horror fans are taking to social media to remember Haig on the anniversary of his death.
One year ago today we lost one of our greatest legends. Sid Haig, you truly were one of a kind, and a beautiful human being. You will never be forgotten. And now I have you framed to put on my wall. 🖤 #RIPSid #RejectForLife https://t.co/v1lcI5iLvM pic.twitter.com/kNPeG5NtKU
— Jennifer Morley 🌱🦕🌍🏴 (@morleysaurus) September 21, 2020
R.I.P. Sid Haig can’t believe it’s been 1 year already!!! pic.twitter.com/zQTrXqMn8E
— Tony (@ihatewater11) September 21, 2020
One year ago today, we lost one of my favorite actors. Sid Haig was an excellent actor, and although I didn’t know him personally, everything I’ve ever heard about him says he was an amazing person. Never heard one bad thing about him. #ripsidhaig pic.twitter.com/3u9xpvFnSF
— FreddyMac138 (@cyberslay3r) September 21, 2020
Literally can’t believe it has been a year since we lost Sid Haig…and by what I’m sure is no coincidence things have pretty much sucked since then. https://t.co/N2taQPTHeb
— 🎃 Frankenstein Meets The Wolf-Dan Wilson🎃 (@dragonsrejects) September 21, 2020
— TheLaneShift (@TheLaneShift) September 21, 2020