“Harry Potter” & “Star Wars” Actor Dead at 56

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An English actor best known for his work in Harry Potter and Star Wars productions has died. He was 56.

On Thursday, March 16, Grant reportedly collapsed outside King’s Cross Station in London and was found unresponsive. According to reports, the actor was declared brain dead at the scene and was transported to the hospital, where he began receiving life support care.

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Grant played the role of an Ewok in the Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (1983), and in the Harry Potter franchise, he played the part of a goblin–specifically in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001). Grant is also credited with work on Jim Henson’s 1986 film Labyrinth, and he was also a stunt performer in Legend (1985), Labyrinth (1986), and Willow (1988).

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A spokesperson for a London ambulance service said the service was called to St. Pancras Station in London after 2:00 p.m. on March 16.

“We sent an ambulance crew and a medic in a response car,” the spokesperson explained. “We treated a man at the scene and took him to hospital as a priority.”

On Sunday, March 19, Grant was removed from life support and was pronounced deceased shortly thereafter.

“I’m heartbroken. No girl deserves their dad to be taken away,” Grant’s daughter Sophie Jayne Grant said in an interview. “He was so well known and loved [for his work]. He’s gone too soon.”

Sophie Jayne Grant added in a statement: “I’m devastated. My dad was a legend in so many ways. He always brought a smile and laughter to everyone’s face. He would do anything for anyone and was a massive Arsenal fan. He was an actor, father, and grandad. He loved his daughters and son and his girlfriend Maria very much, as well as her kids, who were like children to him. My dad, I love you so much. Sleep tight.”

“Paul was the love of my life,” said Grant’s girlfriend Maria Dwyer. “The funniest man I know. He made my life complete. Life is never going to be the same without him.”

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