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Harry Potter actor found dead in Death Valley

July 11, 2014

David Legeno

The body of British actor Dave Legeno, 50, was discovered in Death Valley Sunday.
Deputy Inyo County Coroner Jason Molinar said Thursday that Legeno died as a result of heat stroke in a remote area of the national park west of Zabriskie Point.
As of Friday morning, neither the Inyo County Coroner’s Office nor the public information officer with the Sheriff’s Department would confirm the Legeno discovered in Death Valley was the famed actor.
The Register was able to independently verify Legeno’s identity early Thursday and was awaiting final confirmation from the Coroner’s Office before making it public. However, celebrity gossip websites obtaining leaked information Friday morning have prompted the Register to publish its report early.
Legeno, a resident of the United Kingdom, was a well-known actor in his home country and had acted in several major Hollywood films. His credits include roles in the Guy Ritchie cult classic “Snatch,” three turns as Fenrir Greyback in the acclaimed Harry Potter series and a part in 2012’s “Snow White and the Huntsman.”
Legeno was also a competitive cage fighter, with victories over ex-UFC heavyweight champion Dan Severn, and Los Angeles street fighter Kimo Leopoldo.
His body was found around 7 a.m. Sunday by an unrelated two-person hiking group, who called the Inyo County Sheriff’s Department to report human remains in a remote wash below Manly Beacon, west of Zabriskie Point in Death Valley.
Due to the remote area, California Highway Patrol helicopter H-82 out of Apple Valley was called in to insert an Inyo County sheriff’s deputy at the scene, and also provide transportation of the body.
“It appears that Legeno died of heat related issues, but the Inyo County Coroner will determine the final cause of death. There are no signs of foul play,” a press release from the Inyo County Sheriff’s Office states.
According to Molinar, it is unclear how long Legeno’s remains had been in the area, as he did not pay for a parking permit from the National Park Service. He did say that it appears the remains were there for three to four days.
Molinar said Legeno was on vacation and traveled from Phoenix, Apriz. to Death Valley. He was alone, did not carry water with him into the desert – though he did have water in his vehicle – and was found off-trail.
According to the Internet Movie Database, Legeno attended Dr. Challoners Grammar School. He studied performing arts in his 20s then became a professional wrestler.
His first role was in “Snatch.” He went on to work in other film and TV roles, including appearances in “Eastenders,” “Batman Begins” and “Elizabeth the Golden Age.” Three films Legeno recently worked on are currently in post-production.

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