Beloved Harry Potter actor Robbie Coltrane dead at 72

Tributes have poured out for one-of-a-kind British actor and comedian Robbie Coltrane, best known for his role as Hagrid in the Harry Potter films.

Beloved Harry Potter actor Robbie Coltrane dead at 72
Robbie Coltrane as Hagrid in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Robbie Coltrane — famous for his role as Rubeus Hagrid in the Harry Potter movies — has died. He was 72.

Coltrane’s rep confirmed to The New York Post that he died Friday in Scotland.

He is survived by his sister Annie Rae, his children Spencer and Alice and their mother Rhona Gemmell.

Coltrane’s agent of 40 years Belinda Wright also said his family “would like to thank the medical staff at Forth Valley Royal Hospital in Larbert for their care and diplomacy.”

Deadline reported that he passed away in a hospital near his home in Larbert, and has been in ill health for the last two years.

“Robbie was one of the funniest people I’ve met and used to keep us laughing constantly as kids on the set,” Harry Potter himself, Daniel Radcliffe, said in a statement to The Post.

“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.”

British actor and comedian Robbie Coltrane. (Photo by CARL COURT / AFP)

Harry Potter author JK Rowling also paid tribute.

“I’ll never know anyone remotely like Robbie again,” she wrote. “He was an incredible talent, a complete one off, and I was beyond fortunate to know him, work with him and laugh my head off with him. “I send my love and deepest condolences to his family, above all his children.”

This article was originally published by the New York Post and reproduced with permission