‘John Wick’ villain Michael Nyqvist loses battle with lung cancer

MUNICH, GERMANY - MARCH 15:  Actor Michael Nyqvist poses during a photo call for the Sky Series Night '100 Code' on March 15, 2015 in Munich, Germany.  (Photo by Joerg Koch/Getty Images)
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MUNICH, GERMANY - MARCH 15: Actor Michael Nyqvist poses during a photo call for the Sky Series Night '100 Code' on March 15, 2015 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Joerg Koch/Getty Images)

Credit: Joerg Koch

Credit: Joerg Koch

Swedish actor Michael Nyqvist, the star of the original "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" trilogy, lost his battle with cancer on Tuesday.

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"It is with deep sadness that I can confirm that our beloved Michael, one of Sweden's most respected and accomplished actors, has passed away quietly surrounded by family after a year-long battle with lung cancer," according to a statement from the actor's representative published in Variety.

Nyqvist, 56, was probably best known to American audiences for his villain roles, including in “John Wick” and “Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol.”

The actor leaves behind his wife, Catharina, and children, Arthur and Ellen.

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