Harry Potter Actor Robbie Coltrane Dies Aged 72

Robbie Coltrane, the Harry Potter actor, is dead at the age of 72. His passing was confirmed by his agent Belinda Wright in a statement.

Coltrane is known as Rubeus Hagrid in the famous film franchise.

While giving her statement, his agent said:

"My client and friend Robbie Coltrane OBE passed away on Friday, October 14."

She said the actor was a unique talent who had won a Guinness Book of Records Award after winning three Best Actor Baftas awards.

He got awards for his role as Fitz in Cracker in 1994, 1995, and 1996.

The actor is best remembered for his role in the Harry Potter film series, which was loved by both children and adults. Every week for over 20 decades, he would get fan mail over his iconic performance.

He also gets praise for his role in GoldenEye, and The World Is Not Enough.

His agent paid a personal tribute to Coltrane, saying she will remember him as a loyal client and a wonderful actor who also displayed intelligence and brilliant wit.

"I shall miss him," she added.

On Twitter, Stephen Fry wrote about Coltrane, saying he met the actor about four decades ago. The experience, he claimed, brought him awe, terror, and love all at once.

Fry said that he had "depth, power & talent." He also remembered him being funny enough to bring about "helpless hiccups and honking" as they were making their first TV show, Alfresco.

The two were in the comedy series from 1983 to 1984. He ended the message by saying he would be dearly missed.

His agent also mentioned that the actor had left behind his sister Annie Rae, his children, Spencer and Alice, and his mother, Rhona Gemmell.

She also said that his family was grateful to the Forth Valley Royal Hospital in Larbert for the care they had accorded their loved one.

Belinda also requested the public to respect Coltrane's family's need for privacy as they grieved his death.

The reason behind his death has not yet been made public.

Before he passed away, Coltrane was at a hospital in Scotland.

He has been very clear about struggling with osteoarthritis, which stiffens joints and makes them painful.

The condition he was dealing with is the most common form of arthritis in the UK. He had the illness for many years.

His health was not a concern to his fans until 2019 when he was seen in a wheelchair.

In 2020, he ended the unending speculation about his health by saying he had been battling pain for 24 hours a day while working on National Treasure and Great Expectations.

He claimed that he had no cartilage left in his knee, which meant he had a painful "bone on bone" situation to deal with. Coltrane further claimed that he would never with the condition on his worst enemy.