TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Raphael Coleman, the former British child actor who starred alongside Emma Thompson and Colin Firth in the 2005 film Nanny McPhee has died, Variety reports. He was 25.
Coleman’s mother, Liz Jenson, confirmed his death in a statement on Twitter Friday.
“Rest in peace my beloved son Raphael Coleman, aka Iggy Fox,” Jensen wrote. “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, said on Facebook the actor “collapsed without prior health problems in the middle of a trip and could not be restored.”
At age 10, Coleman played Eric Brown, one of the seven rambunctions siblings in the movie Nanny McPhee, which starred Emma Thompson as the tough-minded nanny who whipped the kids into shape.
Coleman later became a climate activist after studying zoology at the University of Manchester, according to the report.
His mother shared an essay he wrote for the organization Extinction Rebellion’s, in which he explained why he turned to activism.
“As an activist my voice could be far more influential than it had been as a scientist,” he wrote.
“RIP Iggy Fox, aka Raphael Coleman,” his mother wrote in another tweet, “he knew that we are all already in Heaven, right here on Earth.”
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