ctor Michael Nyqvist, who starred in the original film version of Stieg Larsson’s The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, has died aged 56.
The Swedish actor had suffered from lung cancer for a year and died on Tuesday, surrounded by family.
He was best known for his role as Mikael Blomkvist in the Swedish version of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and its sequels in the Millennium trilogy.
The 2009 film saw him play an investigative journalist who works with computer hacker Lisbeth Salander, a role played by Noomi Rapace.
The success of the series inspired an American film adaptation, which was released two years later. Daniel Craig took over Nyqvist’s role as Blomkvist, and Rooney Mara starred as Lisbeth Salander.
In a statement, Nyqvist’s family said: “Michael’s joy and passion were infectious to those who knew and loved him.
“His charm and charisma were undeniable.”
They added that his death had left a “huge void”.