Paul Grant revealed just weeks before he died that he had been “drinking too much” and admitted to “wasting” his Star Wars fortune.
The actor, in an interview at London’s King’s Cross station last month, explained how he had spent his money on sex workers and drugs.
He declared it was “my last day drinking”, adding: “I need to stop doing this.”
The father of three collapsed outside that same station on Thursday afternoon. He was rushed to the hospital where he was declared brain dead.
His ‘devastated’ family said his life support machine was turned off on Sunday. His cause of death has not yet been announced.
Paul Grant, in an interview at London’s King’s Cross station last month (pictured), revealed that he had been “drinking too much” and admitted to “wasting” his Star Wars fortune.
Mr Grant, who played an Ewok in Return of the Jedi (pictured), where he starred opposite Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill, said three weeks ago: “I’ve been thinking about this, it’s my last day of drinking.” . I’ve been drinking too much’
The father of three collapsed outside that same station on Thursday afternoon. He was rushed to the hospital where he was declared brain dead. Pictured: Mr. Grant in Labyrinth with David Bowie, where he appeared as part of the goblin corps.
Mr. Grant, who played an Ewok in Return of the Jedi, where he starred opposite Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill, suggested three weeks before his death that it was time to stop drinking.
“I’ve been thinking about this, it’s my last day drinking,” the Harry Potter actor told the YouTube channel. Revelation 22:13. I’ve been drinking too much.
Mr. Grant admitted that he “had money” from his job in the industry, but had spent all his funds on activities that he apparently found fun.
He said he was ‘enjoying my life’ and joked: ‘You only live once, right?’
When asked if he was struggling with alcohol or drug addiction, he reiterated that he “wasn’t addicted to anything” and was “just having fun.”
The actor said: ‘I can drink a whole fucking day or a month, but I’m not addicted.’
Paul Grant has died at the age of 56, his family confirmed after he was found collapsed.
Paul Grant also played a stunt double for Hoggle in Labyrinth (pictured)
The Star Wars actor turned to drink, drugs and prostitution after splitting with his wife
Star Wars and Harry Potter actor Paul Grant has tragically died at the age of 56 after a long battle with drugs and alcohol.
His family confirmed that the father of three was found slumped outside King’s Cross station by police on Thursday afternoon.
He was rushed to the hospital where he was pronounced brain dead.
It has not yet been established what caused Mr. Grant’s death, but the 4-foot-4-inch-tall dwarf had previously opened up about how he turned to drink, drugs and prostitution after separating from his wife, while he was also rescued from the streets.
The actor opened up about his struggles nearly a decade ago when photos of him snorting cocaine surfaced online.
47 at the time, the dwarf who played a goblin in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone said his life spiraled out of control after breaking up with wife Janet Crowson.
At the time, Paul told The Sunday Mirror that he had cheated on her multiple times and went AWOL because he blamed himself for the collapse of their marriage.
He admitted: ‘I need help. I’ve been on cocaine and it’s gotten worse. I drink and smoke what I can.
Mr Grant, from Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, previously spoke in 2014 about how he spent all his money on drink, drugs and prostitutes as his life spiraled out of control after breaking up with his wife.
He said Sunday’s mirror he cheated on her multiple times, went AWOL, and blamed himself for the collapse of their marriage.
Speaking at the time, he admitted: ‘I need help. I’ve been on cocaine and it’s gotten worse. I drink and smoke what I can.
‘I had a family, I was married, now I’m divorced. I have lost everything. I have nothing, my things, photos, clothes are everywhere,’ he added.
‘I don’t know what I want right now. I had money, I blew it all away, I spent it on drugs and prostitutes.
Mr. Grant is survived by his girlfriend Maria, his two daughters and one son, as well as his stepchildren and grandchildren.
His daughter, Sophie Jayne Grant, 28, spoke after his passing.
She said she was “devastated” and described the actor, who starred in the 1980s hit Labyrinth, as a “legend in many ways”.
speaking to SunSophie, from Peterborough, said: ‘He always brought a smile and laughter to everyone’s face.’
She added: “My dad, I love you so much sleep tight.”
Paul was a father, grandfather and actor who would do anything for anyone, his devastated daughter said.
He talked about how much he loved his daughters, son and girlfriend Maria Dwyer, 64.
Maria described Paul as the love of her life, who completed her life in a heartbreaking tribute.
A family friend also told the paper: ‘He was a lovely guy. He has always struggled with drug and alcohol addiction, but he was a talented actor.
The family said he was found collapsed on Thursday and his life support machine was turned off on Sunday.
Star Wars and Harry Potter actor Paul Grant pictured here with his partner Maria
Paul also appeared in the 1986 film Labyrinth as part of the goblin corps.
He called himself the “King of the Dwarfs”. It’s so sad.’
The 4-foot-4 dwarf appeared as an Ewok in Return of the Jedi and previously told the Mirror that he replaced actor Kenny Baker as R2D2 in the final scenes.
He played a goblin in the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.
Mr. Grant also appeared in the 1986 film Labyrinth as part of the goblin corps, as well as Hoggle’s stunt double.