Chances are that many will remember the adorable face of Raphael Coleman from his role as the precocious Eric in the 2005 comedy Nanny McPhee alongside fellow actors Emma Thompson and Colin Firth.
But indeed, he grew up to be so much more than that.
Coleman was not only a child actor, but he was a dedicated climate change activist. Sadly, on Friday (Feb. 7,) Coleman died after collapsing while out for a run. An official cause of death has yet to be released.
He was just 25 years old.
“Rest in peace my beloved son Raphael Coleman, aka Iggy Fox,” Coleman’s mother Liz Jensen proclaimed on Twitter about her son, who also appeared in films such as It’s Alive and The Fourth Kind back in 2009. “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.”
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 https://t.co/qFRKPT7rRG
— Liz Jensen (@LizJensenWriter) February 7, 2020
“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,” Carsten wrote in part. “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.”
Our condolences go out to all those who mourn Coleman’s passing.