Robbie Coltrane's cause of death has been confirmed as multiple organ failure
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Robbie Coltrane sadly passed away earlier this month at the age of 72, and now the legendary actor's cause of death has been confirmed as multiple organ failure.
Coltrane, who was best known for his portrayal of Hagrid in the Harry Potter films, had been suffering from ill health for years.
He was living with the effects of obesity and diabetes and also suffered from osteoarthritis which left him in 'constant pain' and meant that he had to use a wheelchair in his later years.
According to the Mirror, Coltrane's death certificate showed that he died of multiple organ failure as well as sepsis, a lower respiratory tract infection and heart block.
Sepsis is a severe reaction reaction to an infection that causes a person's immune system to go into overdrive and can lead to organ failure.
Heart block, meanwhile, is when a person's heart beats either slowly or differently to its normal rhythm and is caused by an electrical pulse issue.
Coltrane's death was officially registered by Rhona Gemmell, his former wife who he remained close friends with after their separation.
Coltrane, who was also famed for his roles in the James Bond films Golden Eye and The World Is Not Enough, previously spoke about his problems with alcohol and said he could drink a bottle of whisky a day.
"Booze is my undoing," Coltrane said. "I can drink a gallon of beer and not feel the least bit drunk."
He also opened up about his battle with osteoarthritis, which he said he wouldn't wish the pain of 'on [his] worst enemy'.
He told the Daily Express in 2020: "I was fighting pain 24 hours a day when I was in National Treasure and Great Expectations.
"I had no cartilage in my knee. It was bone on bone."
The actor's death was announced by his agent Belinda Wright, who said in a statement: "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 BAFTAs 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.
"James Bond fans write too to applaud his role in GoldenEye and The World Is Not Enough."
She then added a personal note to the tribute, adding: "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."