Child Star Raphael Coleman of ‘Nanny McPhee,’ Dies at 25
The British actor, Raphael Coleman best known for playing Eric Brown in Nanny McPhee film in 2005,has died aged 25 after collapsing while jogging.
The former child actor died without ‘prior health problems’, Mr Jensen confirmed.
The actor’s death was announced by his mom Liz Jensen, who wrote in a statement on Twitter: “Rest in peace my beloved son Raphael Coleman, aka Iggy Fox.
She said. “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.”
His stepfather Carsten Jensen wrote on Facebook that Raphael passed away on Friday after he could not be revived.
“To die young. I guess there’s nothing that makes you see death as unfair and meaningless as when a young person dies. It’s life itself that’s sabotaged. It just happened to my wife, Liz, whose youngest son, Raph of only 25, died last Friday.”
Tributes have poured in for Raphael. One Twitter user described him as “one of the most beautiful souls you could hope to meet”.
Another added: “So very, very sorry for your loss of such a wise and exuberant young man. RIP Iggy Fox.”
He won the award for Best Young Actor at the British Independent Film Festival in 2010.
Coleman starred as Eric Brown in the 2005 children’s film Nanny McPhee alongside Emma Thompson and Colin Firth, before going on to appear in the movies It’s Alive and The Fourth Kind.
At 18 Coleman travelled to Thailand where he pursued his passion for science and became a biologist. He later went to Costa Rica and Indonesia where he qualified as a diver before working for Extinction Rebellion.