Nanny McPhee Star Raphael Coleman Has Died At The Age Of 25
Actor Raphael Coleman has died at the age of 25, his mother and stepfather have confirmed.
Coleman, who had starred in Nanny McPhee when he was younger, collapsed and tragically could not be revived.
Coleman's mother, Liz Jensen, tweeted the sad news on Friday:
Rest in peace my beloved son Raphael Coleman, aka Iggy Fox. He died doing what he loved, working for the noblest cause of all. His family could not be prouder. Let's celebrate all he achieved in his short life and cherish his legacy https://t.co/qFRKPT7rRG
- Liz Jensen (@LizJensenWriter) February 7, 2020
She wrote: "Rest in peace my beloved son Raphael Coleman, aka Iggy Fox.
"He died doing what he loved, working for the noblest cause of all. His family could not be prouder.
"Let's celebrate all he achieved in his short life and cherish his legacy."
His stepdad, Carsten Jensen, also took to Facebook to explain what happened, saying Coleman had 'no prior health problems' when he died.
Along with a role as Eric Brown in 2005's Nanny McPhee, Coleman had also featured in It's Alice, Edward's Turmoil and The Fourth Kind.
After moving on from acting, more recently - as his mother explained - Coleman decided to give up a career in science to join Extinction Rebellion, and 'fought hard for the cause, especially for Indigenous rights'.
Mr Jensen said, roughly translated from Danish: "As a child, he was old-wise, extremely literate and loved to lecture adults with his always astonishing knowledge.
"He was a child actor in the popular British comedy Nanny McPhee, where he played himself with great talent, a little redhead boy who was always mixing explosive chemical ingredients.
"He had several roles, was rewarded and could have chosen a career as an actor. But he wanted to be a scientist, not to blow up something, as his figure in Nanny McPhee, but to save the planet.
"At the age of 18, he traveled around the world all alone. He became a biologist, suited to a Buddhist monastery in Thailand, spent a year in Costa Rica's jungle and six months in Indonesia, where he qualified for a certificate as a diver.
"When he was not in distant, unavailable places, he was grown up to the cutthroat, the big-town sport, where you were beating staggering balances over the take and grounds of cement."
Of his time with Extinction Rebellion, Mr Jensen added: "Raph was one of the first and most active members. Under the name Iggy Fox, he controlled the group's use of social media, spoke at demonstrations, and was arrested again and again.
"By April, he should have been in court accused of painting the Brazilian Embassy with red when the Amazon jungle was standing in flames.
"He didn't want a lawyer, but he wrote himself on his defense court when he died."
In her own tribute, Ms Carsten said: "Iggy was a burning bright soul and he will be deeply missed by us all."
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