The 25-year-old actor and activist, who famously played young Eric Brown in the film Nanny McPhee alongside Emma Thompson, passed away on Thursday 6th February 2020, after reportedly collapsing while out jogging.
He, sadly, could not be revived.
Hi mum, Liz Jensen confirmed the news on Twitter on Friday.
“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.”
Extinction Rebellion paid tribute to Coleman – who was an active and very public member of the group – the day after his death:
“This is incredibly sad news.
“James ‘Iggy’ Fox passed away on 6 February. He was 25, had given up a career in science to join XR and fought hard for the cause, especially for Indigenous rights.
“Iggy will be deeply missed by us all.”
His stepdad, Carsten Jensen, took to Facebook to pay tribute to his stepson. In his lengthy and heartfelt post, Mr Jensen confirmed that Raphael had “no prior health problems”.
“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.”
Raphael was most well known for starring alongside Emma Thompson in 2005’s family film, Nanny McPhee, when he was just 10 years old.
He then went on to star in the films It’s Alive, Edward’s Turmoil and The Fourth Kind in 2009, while still at school.
According to his stepdad, Coleman then gave up acting to focus on becoming a scientist, so that he could “save the planet”. In his Facebook post, Mr Jensen explains how his stepson travelled around the world alone at 18 and “became a biologist, suited to a Buddhist monastery in Thailand, spent a year in Costa Rica’s jungle and six months in Indonesia, where he qualified for a certificate as a diver.”
More recently, Coleman became an active member of environmental group, Extinction Rebellion, under the name Iggy Fox.
Mr Jensen writes:
“Raph was one of the first and most active members [of Extinction Rebellion]. Under the name Iggy Fox, he controlled the group’s use of social media, spoke at demonstrations, and was arrested again and again.”
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