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COLOGNE, Germany – Swedish police found the remains of a second body in the burned wreckage of Per Oscarsson’s home on Monday, increasing fears that the actor, who appeared in the Swedish film adaptations of Stieg Larsson’s Millennium series, died along with his wife in a house fire on New Year’s Eve. Police found the remains of the first person on Sunday.
A Swedish police spokesman said the two bodies had been taken for forensic tests but it might be several days before a positive identification could be made. The spokesman said dental records might provide faster identification.
Police have completed the search of the house – which was reduced to rubble and a chimney after the fire – but the cause of the blaze is still unknown. Oscarsson and his wife Kia Ostling have not been seen since the fire destroyed the house on Friday. The house was in a rural area about 20 miles southwest of Sweden’s capital Stockholm.
Oscarsson is a national treasure in Sweden, where he has appeared in more than 100 films, as well as numerous TV series and specials. He won a best actor award at the Cannes Film Festival in 1966 for his role as the starving writer Pontus in Henning Carlsen’s Hunger.
In two of the Millennium film adaptations: The Girl Who Played With Fire and The Girl Who Kicked Hornet’s Nest, the 83-year-old actor played Holger Palmgren, the legal guardian of the heroine, Lisbeth Salander.
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