Robbie Coltrane’s cause of death reveals the Harry Potter star’s painful health issues after he died aged 72

ROBBIE Coltrane’s causes of death reveal the Harry Potter star suffered from painful health issues before his death at the age of 72.

The British film legend died of a number of conditions, including multiple organ failure, as his death certificate showed.


Robbie Coltrane, born Anthony Robert McMillan, died eight days agoCredit: AFP
Coltrane was best known for playing Hagrid in the Harry Potter series


Coltrane was best known for playing Hagrid in the Harry Potter seriesCredit: Alamy

It is understood the Harry Potter star had been ill for some time and was battling diabetes and obesity.

Coltrane – died eight days ago – died of sepsis, lower respiratory tract infection and heart block, according to information from The mirror.

Sepsis occurs when an infection triggers an extreme reaction in the body, while heart block occurs when the electrical impulses that control your heart are delayed or blocked.

Coltrane, who was born Anthony Robert McMillan but changed his name in the 1970s in tribute to jazz legend John Coltrane – had his death recorded by his estranged wife and Pilates instructor Rhona Gemmell.

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Coltrane was a veteran Scottish actor who starred in different films during his illustrious career.

He was best known for his role as Hagrid in Harry Potter.

He was also known for playing the role of Valentin Dmitrovich Zukovsky in the james bond movies, The World Is Not Enough and GoldenEye.

He also starred in the BBC miniseries, Tutti Frutti in 1987.

He was featured prominently in the ITV TV series, Cracker, where he played the role of Dr. Eddie Fitzgerald, which aired between 1993 and 2006.

Coltraneonce a heavy drinker, claimed he could drink a bottle of whiskey a day.

He also endeavored to medications and often ate excessively, which caused his weight to soar to over 20 stone.

His friend, the late actor John Sessionssaid Coltrane had a “strong self-destructive streak” and a “deep, driving melancholy”.

“Alcohol is my loss,” Coltrane once said. “I can drink a gallon of beer and not feel the least bit drunk.”

During his heyday in the 1990s, he was known to bite off a piece of a wine glass and swirl it around his mouth.

The 72 year old man had osteoarthritis, which saw him tied to a wheelchair in his later years and in “constant pain”.

In 2020, Coltrane told the Daily Express“I was struggling with pain 24 hours a day when I was in national treasure and high expectations.

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“I had no cartilage in my knee. It was bone on bone.

The actor was so weak he couldn’t walk without help and said he wouldn’t wish such pain “on [his] worst ennemy”.

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