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Harry Potter actor Robbie Coltrane’s cause of death revealed

Coltrane gained rave reviews for playing a beloved TV star who may harbour a dark secret in the 2016 mini-series, National Treasure.

Harry Potter actor Robbie Coltrane’s cause of death revealed

Robbie Coltrane

  • Team OTTplay

Last Updated: 02.28 AM, Oct 24, 2022


The cause of death for the late Harry Potter actor Robbie Coltrane, who played the role of Rubeus Hagrid in the superhit franchise, has finally been revealed.

Multiple reports, cited by Deadline, state that Coltrane passed away at the age of 72 due to multiple organ failure. In addition, it was mentioned on his death certificate that he had heart block, sepsis, and lower respiratory infection.

The Harry Potter actor also suffered from Type 2 diabetes and obesity, according to medical records.

Following Coltrane’s death on October 14, his film co-stars paid tribute to the late actor with personal messages.

Rupert Grint, who played Ronald Weasley wrote on Instagram, “Heartbroken to hear that Robbie is gone. I’ll never forget the smell of cigars and beard glue, a wonderful combination. No one else on this planet could have played Hagrid, only Robbie.”

In a statement to Deadline, Daniel Radcliffe also remembered him. It read, “Robbie was one of the funniest people I’ve met and used to keep us laughing constantly as kids on the set. 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.”

Son of a doctor and a teacher, Coltrane was born on March 30, 1950, in Glasgow, Scotland. Following his graduation from Glasgow Art School, he pursued more art education at Edinburgh's Moray House College of Education, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

He began performing stand-up comedy in Edinburgh nightclubs and changed his last name to John Coltrane in honour of the jazz great when he transitioned to acting in London.

Coltrane was survived by his sister Annie Rae, his ex-wife Rhona Gemmell and his children Spencer and Alice.