Coleman (right) in Nanny McPhee.
Coleman (right) in Nanny McPhee.

Child star dies suddenly aged 25

Nanny McPhee star Raphaël Coleman has collapsed and died aged 25 while out jogging.

Coleman, who played Eric Brown in the hit kids film, passed away on Friday, his mum Liz Jensen confirmed on Twitter, as reported by The Sun.

She wrote: "Rest in peace my beloved son Raphael Coleman, aka Iggy Fox. He died doing what he loved, working for the noblest cause of all.

"His family could not be prouder. Let's celebrate all he achieved in his short life and cherish his legacy."

 

Coleman (far right) in Nanny McPhee.
Coleman (far right) in Nanny McPhee.

After his role opposite Emma Thompson in Nanny McPhee, Coleman went on to star in the horror film It's Alive in 2009 and won best young actor at the British Independent Film Festival in 2010.

His stepdad Carsten Jensen said Raphael "collapsed without prior health problems" in a lengthy tribute.

He wrote on Facebook: "I guess there's nothing that makes you see death as unfair and meaningless as when a young person dies.

Coleman in Nanny McPhee.
Coleman in Nanny McPhee.

"It's life itself that's sabotaged. It just happened to my wife, Liz, whose youngest son, Raph of only 25, died last Friday.

"He collapsed without prior health problems in the middle of a trip and could not be restored. I got to know Raph when he was six years old, and we were so close."

"I will never forget you, we say in a farewell greeting to the dead."

After turning his back on acting, Raphael pursued a career in science before working for eco group Extinction Rebellion, running its social media accounts.

 

After acting, Coleman became an outspoken activist.
After acting, Coleman became an outspoken activist.

Mr Jensen described him as "one of the first and most active members" of the controversial organisation.

He added: "Under the name Iggy Fox, he controlled the group's use of social media, spoke at demonstrations, and was arrested again and again."

 

Coleman appeared above the baby on the Nanny McPhee movie poster.
Coleman appeared above the baby on the Nanny McPhee movie poster.

 

This article originally appeared on The Sun and was reproduced with permission.

Nanny McPhee herself, Emma Thompson.
Nanny McPhee herself, Emma Thompson.


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