The actor Dave Legeno, who has played in three of the Harry Potter movies was found dead in Death Valley from, what looks like a hiking accident. The 50-year-old actor seems to have died from heat related issues but the result of an autopsy has not yet been released in this early stage. According to a press release from the Sheriff’s Department in Inyo County, Legeno’s death has no signs of foul play.
Legeno’s body was found Friday morning at 7 a.m. by two hikers and was then retrieved and transported out of the area by helicopter, the Sheriff’s Department told NBC. Legeno’s manager, Rick Bassman spoke with NBC and has confirmed this tragic news.
“He was one of the good one’s,” Bassman said, “in a field that doesn’t have that many.” When asked if Bassman had known that the Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince actor was going on a hiking trip, Bassman answeredthat he had not known. “He was an adventurer.” Bassman added, “He was always off doing crazy things.”
Legeno was born in Marylebone, United Kingdom on October 12 and was 50 years of age. Legeno was also a mixed martial arts (MMA) star and professional wrestler as well as acting in movies some of which were blockbuster films. Legeno had just started his career in MMA at the age of 42 and was called The Enforcer. However, the talented and daring man also did judo and boxing.
Legeno’s first role was in Snatch, written and directed by Guy Ritchie back in 2000. He played the role of Fenrir Greyback in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows parts 1 and 2. His most recent blockbuster film was Snow White and the Huntsmen where he played the character Broch. Snow White and the Huntsmen was directed by Rupert Sanders and starred Charlize Theron, Kristen Stewart and Chris Hemsworth and was released in 2012.
The actor also landed roles on TV with roles in EastEnders and Emmerdale as well as the television series Borgia. Legeno also played in the mini-series for TV entitled Titanic.
The sad news of the hiking accident in Death Valley that took the life of Dave Legeno, who starred in three of the Harry Potter films, has fans everywhere mourning. Twitter has started to buzz with tweets about the late Legeno. From Harry Potter fans to MMA fans, Legeno will clearly be missed by many.
The scene of the tragic accident, Death Valley, is a harsh environment on good days. The highest peak is Telescope Peak and is 11, 049 feet, the lowest point, called Badwater, is 282 feet below sea level. The highest temperature recorded was 56.6 C with the lowest being -9.4 C. In the year 2001 there was a record of 153 consecutive days where the temperature was over 100 degrees.
Legeno leaves behind a daughter, Wendy and was living in England. The Harry Potter actor, Dave Legeno was found dead in Death Valley and a coroners report has not yet been released but sources say it was due to the heat and no foul play is suspected. Though tweets are starting to be tweeted out about the 50-year-old actor, no one from the Harry Potter series has yet to make a statement.
By Derik L. Bradshaw