“Harry Potter” actor Dave Legeno was found dead in Death Valley after he had apparently set out for a hike. Legeno, who played the villain Fenrir Greyback in the “Harry Potter” series of movies, was found dead by a group of hikers trekking through the hot terrain of Death Valley, according to the MSN News on July 11.
Legeno, who was 50, was found by a couple of hikers and was airlifted out of the area by helicopter. Death Valley is an unforgiving place where temperatures can reach 120 degrees.
The actor appeared to have been dead three to four days before his body was discovered, reports the Inyo County Sheriff’s Department. Legeno has one child, a daughter who is said to be in her 20s. There is no word if he had been reported missing or if anyone was looking for him at the time.
The British actor was also a professional fighter. Other than the “Harry Potter” movies Legeno appeared in “Snatch,” the 2000 movie starring Brad Pitt. He was also in “Batman Begins” in the role of a warrior in a League of Shadows. Besides his movie roles and his boxing, Legeno enjoyed poetry and playing the guitar.
Mail Online reports Legeno’s autopsy revealed he died of heat stroke while hiking in Death Valley. Two hikers came along and found his body, which could have been there for three to four days. His body was found last Sunday by hikers, but the autopsy was released at the end of the week, which revealed it was the extreme heat in Death Valley that killed the star.
There is not much more information on the death of Legeno released today. According to IMDb, Legeno was born on October 12, 1963 in Marylebone, London, England, UK. He went to school in England and then went to work as a construction worker. He became a professional wrestler before landing his first big role in "Snatch" playing opposite Brad Pitt.
When in between acting roles, he became a professional cage fighter and did quiet well in this endeavor. He fought and won LA street fighting legend Kimo Leopoldo and ex UFC heavyweight champion Dan Severn. When his fighting career and acting career began to clash, he chose fighting.
He was offered a role in Steven Berkoff's "On The Waterfront" and he turned this down due to his fighting commitments. It was when he was offered the role for the "Harry Potter" series that he decided to put his fight career on hold and go back to acting.