Robbie Coltrane is most recognized for his role as ‘Rubeus Hagrid’ in the Harry Potter franchise. On Friday, October 14, he died at the age of 72 in a hospital in Labert, Scotland. His cause of death has now been revealed.
According to the Scottish newspaper Daily Record, Robbie Coltrane died of multiple organ failure. Prior to his death, the actor had also been diagnosed with sepsis, a lower respiratory tract infection, a heart block, obesity, and Type 2 Diabetes. According to reports, the beloved actor experienced mobility challenges in recent years and had to use a wheelchair.
Robbie had been sick for a while before his death, but the details of his illness were not made public. Belinda Wright, the actor’s agent, confirmed his death in a statement to the BBC.
For me personally, I shall remember him as an abidingly loyal client. As well as being a wonderful actor, he was forensically intelligent, brilliantly witty and after 40 years of being proud to be called his agent, I shall miss him.
Robbie was open about his osteoarthritis battle throughout his life. He admitted that he was regularly in pain when filming some of his later appearances. “I was fighting pain 24 hours a day when I was in National Treasure and Great Expectations,” he said in a 2020 interview. “I had no cartilage in my knee. It was bone on bone.”
Following Robbie’s passing, many Harry Potter stars paid respect to the late actor. Daniel Radcliffe, who played the title character, offered a touching recollection of bonding with the actor who played Hagrid. Daniel described Robbie as one of the “funniest people” he had ever met.
I’ve especially fond memories of him keeping our spirits up on Prisoner of Azkaban, when we were all hiding from the torrential rain for hours in Hagrid’s hut and he was telling stories and cracking jokes to keep morale up. I feel incredibly lucky that I got to meet and work with him and very sad that he’s passed. He was an incredible actor and a lovely man.
While Robbie has appeared in a number of well-known films and TV shows over the course of his career, including the James Bond films Goldeneye and The World Is Not Enough, as well as the comedy series Cracker, he will always be Hagrid to a generation of children who grew up watching the Harry Potter films. Rest In Peace.