Oscar-winning US actor, William Hurt has passed on at the age of 71.

According to the US media, Hurt, until his death, was known for roles ranging from acclaimed 1980s dramas to Marvel films.

He also won the best actor Oscar in 1986 for playing a prisoner in a Brazilian jail in Kiss of the Spider Woman, BBC reports.

On the reason for his death, his son stated that he passed away due to natural causes.

Hollywood website Deadline quoted a statement from Hurt’s son Will as saying:

“It is with great sadness that the Hurt family mourns the passing of William Hurt, beloved father and Oscar winning actor, on March 13, 2022, one week before his 72nd birthday.

“He died peacefully, among family, of natural causes. The family requests privacy at this time.”