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Gunnar Hansen dead: Friends and fans pay tribute to Texas Chain Saw Massacre villain

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Friends and fans of the late Gunnar Hansen have been paying tribute to the actor, who portrayed the homicidal man-child Leatherface in 1974’s horror classic, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, following the news of his death Saturday at the age of 68.

“So long Gunn, my old friend,” John Dugan, who played Leatherface’s grandfather in Texas Chain Saw Massacre, wrote on Facebook. “You’ll forever be alive in my heart.” Actress and Re-Animator star Barbara Crampton has also remembered Hansen. “Devastated by the passing of my dear friend Gunnar Hansen,” she tweeted. “He was delightfully scary 2 many and a smart honest and warm person 2 all he knew.” Actor Bill Moseley, who appeared with Hansen in 2013’s Texas Chainsaw 3D, tweeted, simply, “Gunnar Hansen died? Goddammit!”

Hansen’s iconic turn as Leatherface has also been remembered by horror-loving filmmakers. “Farewell Gunnar Hansen,” Shaun of the Dead director Edgar Wright wrote on Twitter. “May you spin with your chainsaw at magic hour forever more.” Wright’s sentiments were echoed by Wrong Turn 2 and Everly filmmaker Joe Lynch, who tweeted, “Rest in Peace Gunnar. You were always The Man behind that Mask. #ChainsawDanceInHeaven.”

See their messages below, along with others from author Stephen King, actress Lena Heady and Hatchet director Adam Green.