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Robbie Coltrane, ‘Hagrid’ actor in Harry Potter franchise, dead at 72

Robbie Coltrane, best known for his roles in the Harry Potter franchise, James Bond, and Cracker, has passed away. He was 72.

His agent Belinda Wright confirmed the comic actor died in a hospital near Falkirk in Scotland, in a statement to BBC.

Wright described her client as a “unique talent”, emphasizing that his beloved gentle-giant character Hagrid “brought joy to children and adults alike all over the world.”

“For me personally I shall remember him as an abidingly loyal client,” the agent said. “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.”

“He is survived by his sister Annie Rae, his children Spencer and Alice and their mother Rhona Gemmell. They would like to thank the medical staff at Forth Valley Royal Hospital in Larbert for their care and diplomacy. Please respect Robbie’s family’s privacy at this distressing time.”

Many people that closely confided in Coltrane, or had the pleasure of encountering him throughout his career, expressed sorrow for the Scottish actor’s passing.