Dave Legeno, 50, better known in MMA circles as “The Enforcer,” was reportedly found dead this past Sunday in Death Valley, Calif.
The Englishman, who also starred as Fenrir Greyback in the final three films of the widely popular “Harry Potter” series, was reported to have been discovered by a hiking group in a remote wash below Manly Beacon, west of Zabriskie Point in the desert, according to a statement Friday from the Inyo County Sheriff’s Department.
While the cause of death is not yet known, officials believe Legeno passed away due to “heat-related issues” and there were no signs of foul play. The Inyo County coroner is presently conducting an autopsy to determine the official cause of death.
With a career mark in MMA of 4-3, the heavyweight was known for his extravagant walkouts and choice in costume. Fighting exclusively for the British-based Cage Rage promotion, Legeno lost his first three bouts as a professional.
But in 2006, something changed.
The former Team Titan product defeated UFC veteran Kimo Leopoldo via submission and followed up the first victory of his career with a decision win against Dan Severn before closing out his career on a high note against present-day referee Herb Dean. Legeno beat Dean via technical knockout.