Robbie Coltrane has died at the age of 72, his agent has confirmed.
News of the Harry Potter star’s death was confirmed by his agent, Belinda Wright, who shared a statement.
She said: ‘My client and friend Robbie Coltrane OBE passed away on Friday October 14.
‘Robbie was a unique talent, sharing the Guinness Book of Records’ Award for winning three consecutive best actor for his portrayal of Fitz in Granada TV’s series Cracker 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 alike all over the world, prompting a stream of fan letters every week for over 20 years.
‘ fans write too to applaud his role in GoldenEye and The World Is Not Enough.
‘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.
‘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.’
Stephen Fry was among those paying tribute, writing: ‘I first met Robbie Coltrane almost exactly 40 years ago. I was awe/terror/love struck all at the same time.
‘Such depth, power & talent: funny enough to cause helpless hiccups & honking as we made our first TV show, ‘Alfresco’. Farewell, old fellow. You’ll be so dreadfully missed.’
The Scottish star began his career in sketch series Alfresco, alongside Fry, Hugh Laurie and Emma Thompson, but his most iconic role will be remembered as Hagrid from Harry Potter.
Following news of his death, fans shared a clip of Coltrane addressing the legacy he will leave behind in the beloved character.
Social media was also flooded with tributes from friends and fans remembering Coltrane’s life on screen.
Coltrane’s cause of death has not been revealed.