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Harry Potter actor David Legeno dead in Death Valley

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The Harry Potter movie family has lost another member with the death of actor David Legeno, who died from “heat-related issues” while hiking near Death Valley, CA. According to the Inyo County Sheriff’s office, the 50-year old actor’s body was discovered by two hikers near Zabrinskie Point last Sunday, and had to be air-lifted by helicopter. Legeno, a martial arts fighter and boxer, had appeared as the villanous werewolf Fenrir Greyback in three out of seven Potter films, "Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince," and both parts one and two of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows." He was also seen in Guy Ritchie’s “Snatch,” "Centurion,"“Batman Begins,” "Snow White and the Huntsman," and 2005's and had just completed work on "The Last Knights" starring Morgan Freeman and Clive Owen. He was also slated to star in the upcoming Vertigo Films production Sword of Vengeance. Upon learning of Legeno’s death, Tom Felton (better known as Draco Malfoy) tweeted He said: "Gutted to hear the sad news about Dave Legeno. He was a true Big, Friendly, Gentleman. Was a pleasure every time we met #BFG #DaveLegeno." He also posted a picture of the two of them together on a publicity poster for the Harry Potter movies stating:"Dave Legeno. It was always a pleasure. He was a great talent with a heart of gold and always had time." Last year, Harry Potter fans and cast members bade farewell to actor Richard Griffiths (better known to American audiences as Harry’s magic hating uncle Vernon, despite more prominent rolls in other British films and TV productions), who passed away at the age of 65 from complications during heart surgery. The first Harry Potter alum to pass away was Richard Harris, who originated the role of Albus Dumbledore , and starred in the first two franchise films, “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” as well as “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.” Harris died October 25, 2002 from Hodgkins Disease at the age of 72.

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