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Death of actor who played werewolf in 'Harry Potter' is investigated

Authorities have not determined a cause of death for David Legeno

Authorities said they are trying to determine how "Harry Potter" film actor David Legeno died after a hiker found him Sunday in Death Valley.

Although a cause of death has yet to be determined, sheriff's officials said it appears his death was not the result of foul play. The body was probably exposed to the extreme desert heat. 

A California Highway Patrol helicopter flew out from Apple Valley to the area to transport Legeno's body, the Inyo County Sheriff's Department said. Coroner's officials told the Associated Press that  Legeno's body was partially decomposed.

Legeno, 50, appeared to have died of heat-related issues, the Sheriff's Department said.

Sheriff's officials did not say why Legeno had been in the area.

Two people hiking about 7 a.m. near a remote wash below Manly Beacon, just west of Zabriskie Point, found his body and notified authorities.

Legeno played Fenrir Greyback in "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" and in "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Parts I and II."  He also starred in the Showtime series "Borgia" and in the film "Snow White and the Huntsman."

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