Rob Zombie has paid tribute to horror legend Sid Haig, who died this past Saturday at the age of 80.
Rob wrote on his Facebook page: “Last night I received a phone call I was dreading from Bill Moseley. He told me that our friend Sid Haig had died.
“It was shocking but unfortunately not unexpected. I’ve know for a long time how sick Sid was and what he was battling. Over the past year as I saw pictures of him still attending conventions I thought perhaps he had beat it, but last week when he returned to the hospital I feared the worst.
“Sid and I had a long talk on the day that he told me of his condition and he knew ‘3 From Hell’ would most likely be his last appearance on screen. Sadly it was. I knew it was very important to Sid that Captain Spaulding make one more round and he did. Sid‘s time the film is brief. He was in rough shape that day, but he gave it his all and made his scene very memorable.
“I was fan of his as a kid watching ‘Jason Of Star Command’ all the way through our twenty years of working together. I can still clearly remember the first time we met. It was at the Edith Head Costume building at Universal. Sid came out of the dressing room wearing a clown suit which was a few sizes too small. We said hello then we both started laughing at how ridiculous he looked in his ill-fitting suit. We would find him a much better suit.
“As we were making ‘House Of 1000 Corpses’ neither of us knew he was creating a character that would live on and grow in popularity every year. Sid told me many times how thankful he was for the Captain and how that character changed his life. He had completely given up on acting and now suddenly had found a whole new audience at the age of 60. I know he was thrilled and blown away by that fact.
“The Captain is gone… but he will never be forgotten.”
“Rest in Peace Sid“
In early September 2019, Haig was hospitalized after falling at his home in Los Angeles. While recovering, he suffered from a lung infection after vomiting in his sleep. He died on September 21, 2019, from complications of the infection at the age of 80.