Michael Gambon, a veteran actor best remembered for playing Hogwarts headmaster Albus Dumbledore in six of the eight Harry Potter films, has passed away, his publicist said on Thursday. He was 82.
According to a press release from his publicist, he passed away after “a bout of pneumonia.”
“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,” his family stated.
Gambon was always readily recognised by the rich, drawling tones of his voice, regardless of the part he played over a career that spanned more than five decades. Following the passing of his predecessor, Richard Harris, in 2002, he was chosen to play the adored Dumbledore.