Actor Michael Gambon, who played the iconic role of Hogwarts headmaster Albus Dumbledore in 'Harry Potter' breathed his last at the age of 82. As per reports, the actor died in hospital as he was suffering from pneumonia. On Thursday, Gambon's family shared the news of his demise via a statement. Apart from 'Harry Potter' films, Gambon also starred in period dramas such as 'The King's Speech and 'Gosford Park' among others.
As per Mirror.co.uk, the statement read: “We are devastated to announce the loss of Sir Michael Gambon. Beloved husband and father, Michael died peacefully in hospital with his wife Anne and son Fergus at his bedside, following a bout of pneumonia. Michael was 82. We ask that you respect our privacy at this painful time and thank you for your messages of support and love.”
Condolences are pouring in on social media for the 'Harry Potter' legend. Stars of the 'Harry Potter' films like Emma Watson, Rupert Grint and others have paid tributes to the actor. Watson wrote, "Kind, kind, kind Michael Gambon. You never took it too seriously but somehow delivered the most serious moments with all the gravitas. Thank you for showing us what it looks like to wear greatness lightly. We will miss you."
Author JK Rowling also mourned the death of Michael Gambon. She wrote on the X platform, "I've just heard the awful news about Michael Gambon. The first time I ever laid eyes on him was in King Lear, in 1982, and if you'd told me then that brilliant actor would appear in anything I'd written, I'd have thought you were insane. Michael was a wonderful man in additional to being an outstanding actor, and I absolutely loved working with him, not only on Potter but also The Casual Vacancy. My deepest condolences go to Michael's family and everyone who loved him."
I've just heard the awful news about Michael Gambon. The first time I ever laid eyes on him was in King Lear, in 1982, and if you'd told me then that brilliant actor would appear in anything I'd written, I'd have thought you were insane. Michael was a wonderful man in additional…— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) September 28, 2023
Rupert Grint, paying tribute to Michael Gambon, wrote on Instagram, "So sad to hear about Michael. He brought so much warmth and mischief to every day on set. He captivated me as a kid and became a personal role model of mine for finding the fun and eccentricities in life. Sending all my love to his family".