WEATHER AUTHORITY : Heat Advisory View Alerts

'Nanny McPhee' star Raphael Coleman dies, aged 25

"Nanny McPhee" star and climate change activist Raphael Coleman has died at the age of 25.

Posted: Feb 12, 2020 3:40 AM
Updated: Feb 12, 2020 3:40 AM

"Nanny McPhee" star and climate change activist Raphael Coleman has died at the age of 25.

The British actor's mother, Liz Jensen, confirmed his death in a tweet posted on Friday, February 7.

"Rest in peace my beloved son Raphael Coleman, aka Iggy Fox," she 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 that Coleman "collapsed without prior health problems" during a trip.

"Raph wasn't my child, even though I was close to him. But I can feel it myself. I see it in his mother's eyes, and I hear it in her voice, the irreversible loss of the most precious thing in life," Jensen wrote in the post.

Coleman was born in London and appeared in several movies as a child, including "The Fourth Kind" and "It's Alive."

He was best known for playing Eric Brown, aged 11, in the 2005 British comedy movie "Nanny McPhee," alongside Emma Thompson, Colin Firth and Angela Lansbury.

His former castmate, Eliza Bennett, said she was "heartbroken" at the news.

"After we worked on Nanny McPhee, he dedicated his life to protecting wildlife and fighting climate change," she wrote.

Coleman gained a zoology degree and began traveling the world, according to his website, "working with wildlife and exploring wildernesses" and trying to make money through photojournalism and filmmaking.

He became an active member of the climate activism group Extinction Rebellion, according to his stepfather. "Under the name Iggy Fox, he controlled the group's use of social media, spoke at demonstrations, and was arrested again and again," wrote Jensen.

His mother called him a "courageous spirit of #ExtinctionRebellion" who "loved life so much."

Extinction Rebellion posted a tribute to Coleman on its website. "You were a true warrior, who tirelessly worked on behalf of others, on behalf of all life," said the statement. "You had the fire of youth and a wisdom that belied your age. The world has lost one of its fiercest and most dedicated defenders."

Another activist organization, Occupy London, tweeted that it was a "tragic loss" of a "dedicated protector of animals" and "deep inspiration to all who met him."

His mother thanked everyone for the "beautiful tributes to our beloved Raphael" on Twitter.

She said Extinction Rebellion would be "celebrating his remarkable life as a wildlife biologist and activist" on Thursday evening at London's Brazilian embassy.

Coleman was arrested outside the embassy in August during a protest over deforestation in the Amazon.

Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 34622

Reported Deaths: 1215
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Hinds269748
DeSoto181818
Madison138236
Jones117349
Harrison104014
Rankin103515
Neshoba102274
Lauderdale94281
Forrest93943
Scott79215
Jackson72717
Washington64310
Copiah63115
Leake61320
Lee58621
Holmes57341
Oktibbeha56828
Wayne55416
Warren55320
Yazoo5436
Grenada5357
Lowndes52613
Leflore52256
Lincoln50935
Lamar5027
Pike47020
Sunflower4528
Lafayette4374
Monroe43635
Covington4195
Panola3996
Bolivar38018
Attala37524
Simpson3733
Newton35710
Adams34019
Pontotoc3266
Tate32313
Marion31312
Claiborne29310
Chickasaw29219
Winston28711
Pearl River27632
Noxubee2758
Marshall2693
Jasper2676
Clay25511
Union23811
Smith23412
Walthall2267
Coahoma2156
Clarke21425
Lawrence1992
Yalobusha1938
Kemper18014
Carroll17311
Tallahatchie1664
Humphreys15910
Montgomery1493
Calhoun1475
Tippah14411
Itawamba1418
Hancock13813
Webster12811
Tunica1193
Jefferson1173
Jefferson Davis1164
Prentiss1123
Greene10810
Amite1063
George1023
Wilkinson959
Tishomingo921
Quitman891
Alcorn852
Perry764
Choctaw754
Stone732
Franklin492
Benton420
Sharkey420
Issaquena101
Unassigned00

Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Confirmed Cases: 49892

Reported Deaths: 1077
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Jefferson6030162
Mobile4418137
Montgomery4339109
Tuscaloosa254448
Madison19078
Marshall186611
Shelby150924
Lee149437
Morgan12205
Baldwin111410
Walker105127
Elmore98919
Dallas9639
Franklin92216
Etowah88214
DeKalb8416
Chambers65727
Russell6570
Autauga65313
Butler64328
Tallapoosa61669
Unassigned58626
Limestone5741
Houston5526
Cullman5395
Lauderdale5376
Lowndes48022
St. Clair4692
Colbert4656
Pike4595
Escambia4528
Calhoun4365
Coffee4074
Covington39911
Jackson3742
Bullock37010
Barbour3672
Dale3621
Talladega3497
Hale33722
Marengo33011
Wilcox2968
Clarke2946
Winston2893
Chilton2872
Sumter28512
Blount2731
Pickens2556
Monroe2492
Marion24514
Randolph2449
Conecuh2277
Perry2091
Bibb2081
Macon2069
Choctaw20212
Greene1928
Henry1433
Crenshaw1273
Washington1277
Lawrence1170
Cherokee1127
Geneva920
Lamar811
Fayette781
Clay742
Coosa621
Cleburne411
Out of AL00
Tupelo
Scattered Clouds
92° wxIcon
Hi: 94° Lo: 69°
Feels Like: 101°
Columbus
Few Clouds
91° wxIcon
Hi: 92° Lo: 69°
Feels Like: 103°
Oxford
Scattered Clouds
90° wxIcon
Hi: 91° Lo: 68°
Feels Like: 98°
Starkville
Clear
88° wxIcon
Hi: 91° Lo: 67°
Feels Like: 94°
WTVA Radar
WTVA Temperatures
WTVA Severe Weather