British actor Michael Gambon, who played Albus Dumbledore in six of the eight Harry Potter films, passed away at the age of 82 on Thursday, September 28.
He has died peacefully in a hospital with his wife Anne Miller and son Fergus “at his bedside following a bout of pneumonia,” as reported by PA Media, citing a family statement.
Harry Potter paid tribute to Gambon through its official social media pages.
“We are incredibly saddened to hear of the passing of Sir Michael Gambon. He brought immeasurable joy to Harry Potter fans from all over the world with his humour, kindness and grace. We will forever hold his memory in our hearts,” it captioned.
Fans and netizens sent their condolences in the comments sections and social media posts.
Gambon is best known for his role as Professor Dumbledore in Harry Potter. He’s also praised for his excellent performance in several notable films, such as The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover, The Wings of the Dove, Gosford Park, The King’s Speech, and Quartet.
The British actor made his reputation in the 1980 portrayal of Galileo in John Dexter’s Life of Galileo and 1986 TV show The Singing Detective. He earned multiple awards, including four BAFTA and three Olivier awards.
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In 2015, he retired from the stage after suffering from “long-term memory problems” but continued to appear on screen until 2019.