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'Harry Potter' actor David Legeno dies hiking in Death Valley

July 11, 2014 at 2:43 PM ET

British actor David Legeno, most known for his portrayal of a villainous werewolf in three of the "Harry Potter" movies, has died, his manager Rick Bassman told NBC News.

Legeno's body was discovered in a remote wash below Manly Beacon in California's Death Valley on Friday morning, the Inyo County Sheriff's Department told NBC News. Legeno, 50, was first found by two hikers at 7 a.m. Deputies used a helicopter to retrieve and transport Legeno.

"It appears that Legeno died of heat related issues, but the Inyo County Coroner will determine the final cause of death," a Sheriff's Department press release states. "There are no signs of foul play."

Legeno, who was born in London, most recently appeared on "Snow White and the Huntsmen." His manager told NBC News he was not aware of Legeno's hiking trip but "he was an adventurer. He was always off doing crazy things."

"He was one of the good ones in a field that doesn't have that many," Bassman said.

A mixed martial arts expert, Legeno was also a professional wrestler whose nickname was "The Enforcer." His first movie role was in "Snatch."

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