British-Irish legendary actor, Sir Michael Gambon has passed away at the age of 82.
Gambon was best known for playing ‘Professor Albus Dumbledore’ in six of the eight Harry Potter films.
According to the statement from his family, the late actor died after a battle with pneumonia.
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.’
Gambon won four television British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTAs) in a decades-spanning acting career across TV, film, radio and theatre, which was capped by his renowned character as the headmaster of the wizarding school Hogwarts in the Potter series.
He was born in Dublin, the capital of Ireland and was knighted for services to the entertainment industry in 1998 having worked in TV, film, theatre and radio over his six-decade career.
Gambon, renowned for his roles in JK Rowling’s novels, portrayed the French detective Jules Maigret in the ITV series “Maigret” and gained recognition for his portrayal of Philip Marlow in Dennis Potter’s “The Singing Detective” on BBC.