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Swedish actor confirmed dead in house fire

TT/AFP/The Local · 5 Jan 2011, 15:01

Published: 05 Jan 2011 15:01 GMT+01:00

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The remains found in Per Oscarsson's burnt-down houses have now been identified. It is now clear that it was the actor and his wife who died in the fire of the night for New Year's Eve.

"The identification was completed today and it was made using dental records," police spokesman Ulf Edberg said on Wednesday.

The cause of the fire remains unclear.

Oscarsson, 83, and his wife Kia Östling, 67, were both believed to have been home when their isolated home near Skara in western Sweden burned to the ground overnight on Thursday.

On Sunday, Jan Strannegård, a police spokesman in Västra Götaland told AFP that no one had heard from the couple since the fire.

Due to the heat, police technicians had to wait until Saturday to begin sifting through the ashes in search of the couple. At around noon on Sunday, they discovered the remains of one person.

Oscarsson is a beloved actor in Sweden and has appeared in theatre, film, television and popular children's works.

He won the best actor prize at the 1966 Cannes Film Festival for his role as Pontus in Danish director Henning Carlsen's "Hunger" (Sult), an adaptation of Norwegian Nobel Literature winner Knut Hamsun's novel.

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Oscarsson also portrayed Holger Palmgren in the Millennium film trilogy, the legal guardian of heroine Lisbeth Salander.

The deaths of Oscarsson and his wife echo the circumstances surrounding the accident that claimed the life of acclaimed Swedish jazz singer Monica Zetterlund several years earlier.

Zetterlund, who had retired from performing in 1999 due to her severe scoliosis, died in an accidental fire in her Stockholm apartment in May 2005.

TT/AFP/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

15:30 January 5, 2011 by Rap43
Very sad... he was a brilliant actor.

My thoughts are with the family.
16:28 January 5, 2011 by KingArthur
Very sad indeed, A friendly man a great actor. But above all a great human being.

RIP, and all the strength for the Family
16:31 January 5, 2011 by Sweetdishgurl
So sad indeed. He was a brilliant actor. I loved him as Borka in Ronja Rövardotter. He will be terribly missed by all. My thoughts go out to his family.
23:31 January 5, 2011 by David Stringer
Has anyone noticed how strongly negative every headline is today? The following words each appear in the following headlines:

death threat, knocks...unconscious, scared to death, mishap...paralysed, murder...missing, worst...ailments, bomber (and oh look) tops.

Time to own your editorial strategy local, beware becoming a cheaper image of a bigger brother.

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