British actor Robbie Coltrane already had a great career under his belt before becoming “Hagrid” for millions of fans in the Harry Potter saga. It is in this way that he revealed himself to young audiences, and that the news of his disappearance put fans in turmoil. At 72, the actor bowed out on October 14, after having suffered in silence for many years, as he revealed in 2016.

Constant pain for a long time

Comedians have the ability to hide pain under a mask of talent and this was also the case with Robbie Coltrane. It was not until 2016 that the actor confided in his daily life to the Daily Star “I am in constant pain all day. I had an exploratory operation and they discovered that I had no cartilage left in my body. One of my knees, he had thus revealed. It is completely disintegrated. And they told me that it was osteoarthritis. At the time, Robbie Coltrane added “I was shown the real thing they put in my knee and what piece of kit it was. They stick it to the bone after they shaved it flat. The equipment has a piece of rubber in the middle and if you go over a certain weight you end up flattening it.” To be operated, the actor had revealed that the surgeons had asked him to lose weight. For two years, it seems that his state of health had further deteriorated because he could only move around in a wheelchair, even if for the moment the cause of his death has not been revealed.

The actor, whose real name was Anthony Robert McMillan, died Friday at the Forth Valley Royal Hospital in Larbret, Scotland where he was born, as announced by his agent for 40 years, Belinda Wright. She had declared his death, adding “Robbie was a unique talent, sharing the Guinness Book of Records award for winning three consecutive Baftas for Best Actor for his portrayal of Fitz on Granada TV’s Cracker series in 1994, 1995 and 1996 with Sir Michael Gambon He will probably be best remembered for decades to come as Hagrid in the Harry Potter films, a role which brought joy to children and adults everywhere, causing a flood of letters fans every week for over 20 years.”

Unanimous tributes for Robbie Coltrane

Since the announcement of his death and beyond the grieving fans, many tributes have poured in from all sides “This is a tragic loss for the world. He was an exceptional actor whose talent knew no bounds” had posted twitter the community manager of the James Bond saga. Daniel Radcliffe, with whom Robbie Coltrane had shared a strong friendship on and off screen, spoke of him as “one of the funniest people” he had met and an “incredible actor”. For his part, Matthew Lewis, aka Neville Longbottom in the saga, tweeted that Robbie Coltrane was “a giant, in many ways”.

Death of Robbie Coltrane: these "persistent pains" suffered by the interpreter of Hagrid in Harry Potter

Robbie Coltrane © Agency / Bestimage

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