One of the most loved and admired British actors of the past 30 years – Alan Rickman, has died in London at the age of 69. His death was confirmed by his family today 14th January 2016 who said that he died “surrounded by family and friends”. He had been in a lost battle with cancer. Rickman had been dealing with his illness alone and wanted to keep his medical issues a private matter.
A star whose physical features and great choice of words have been recognized across generations, Rickman had an amazing legion of fans with his role as Professor Snape in the Harry Potter films.
Alan Rickman had a wonderful acting career that lasted at least five decades with memorable roles in movies such as Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Love Actually and as villain Hans Gruber in action classic Die Hard – where he starred opposite Bruce Willis and that was a role he was offered just two days after arriving Los Angeles at the age of 41.
However, to millions of people around the world, he will forever be known for playing Professor Severus Snape in the Harry Potter films.
Cast and crew of these movies were among the first to pay tribute to the actor.
Daniel Radcliffe wrote that Alan Rickman was “one of the greatest actors I will ever work with” as well as “one of the loyalest and most supportive people I’ve ever met in the film industry”.
The author of Harry Potter books JK Rowling, said: “There are no words to express how shocked and devastated I am to hear of Alan Rickman’s death. He was a magnificent actor & a wonderful man”.
While Michael Gambon, who played Dumbledore, said: “Everybody loved Alan. He was always happy and fun and creative and very, very funny.”
In 2012, Allan Rickman married his life-long partner Rima Horton, who he met when he was 19 and she was 18 and they both lived together in London for over 50 years before they wedded.
It is indeed an amazing coincidence as legendary singer David Bowie also died earlier this week at the same age (69) as Allan Rickman.