The sad news was announced with an update on Facebook. A cause of death has not been revealed, but the post revealed that he died on February 29.
Laser was born in Germany and appeared in many German-language films. He crossed over onto English-language screeners with roles in the sci-fi series Lexx and the John Malkovich movie The Ogre.
Laser is best-known for playing Dr. Josef Heiter in 2009's The Human Centipede (First Sequence), in which he took the role of the evil doctor who created the titular human centipede. He returned in a new role for 2015's The Human Centipede 3 (Final Sequence).
Human Centipede director Tom Six paid tribute to Laser on Twitter, writing a heartfelt message and sharing a few photos:
I'm totally shocked Dieter passed away. He was a force of nature, an unique human being and an iconic actor. I'm so damn proud we created pop culture together. Wished we could have made many more movies. RIP my friend, you will live forever on screen! pic.twitter.com/ERGEsY5aZV— Tom Six (@tom_six) April 9, 2020