Late actor Robbie Coltrane reportedly suffered ‘constant pain’ in his final years

Oct 18, 2022
Robbie Coltrane was in agony in the years before he died. Source: Getty

Late Scottish actor Robbie Coltrane was reportedly suffering from “constant pain all day” in the years leading up to his death.

The Harry Potter star had osteoarthritis and had been open about the degenerative joint condition in the years before he passed, saying the affliction had left him disabled.

Speaking with the Daily Star in 2016, Coltrane said he’d had to rely on the use of walking aids and wheelchairs as the condition had left him without any cartilage in the joint of his left knee.

“I’m in constant pain all day,” the BAFTA-winning star said.

“I had an exploratory operation and they discovered I had no cartilage left in one of my knees.

“It’s completely disintegrated. And they told me it’s osteoarthritis.

“People are probably wondering why I’m hobbling about in the way I am and that is why.”

Coltrane said he was asked to slim down in order to get restorative surgery to treat his osteoarthritis, a condition often felt across the joints, bones, cartilage, ligaments, and muscles of the affected area.

“I was shown the actual thing they put in your knee and what a piece of kit it was. They glue it to the bone after shaving it flat,” he said.

“The equipment has a piece of rubber in the middle and if you’re over a certain weight then you eventually flatten it.

“I’ve been trying to lose weight so I can get it fixed.

“The last time I saw the surgeon he said ‘that’s another 25 pounds’. I’ve done 84 but it’s the last 25 that’s the killer.”

Coltrane’s agent, Belinda Wright, confirmed the beloved actor’s passing at Forth Valley Royal Hospital in Scotland on Friday, October 14.

“For me personally I shall remember him as an abidingly loyal client. As well as being a wonderful actor, he was forensically intelligent, brilliantly witty and after 40 years of being proud to be called his agent, I shall miss him,” Wright said.

“He is survived by his sister Annie Rae, his children Spencer and Alice and their mother Rhona Gemmell. They would like to thank the medical staff at Forth Valley Royal Hospital in Larbert for their care and diplomacy.

“Please respect Robbie’s family’s privacy at this distressing time.”

Fans and friends of the loveable comedian shared their tributes online, reminiscing about their favourite characters and moments that Coltrane blessed them with.

As well as the Harry Potter franchise, Coltrane was well known for his roles in Cracker, the James Bond franchise, Perfectly Normal, and more.

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