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Actor Alan Rickman, known for films like “Die Hard”, “Truly Madly Deeply”, and “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves”, has died at the age of 69. Kids of our generation would know him best for his role as Professor Severus Snape in the Harry Potter films.

Alan Rickman Death

According to his family, he was suffering from cancer.¬†A family statement said, “The actor and director Alan Rickman has died from cancer at the age of 69. He was surrounded by family and friends.”


He¬†was one of both film and theatre’s most admired actors, known for his range and his signature nasal baritone, which could one moment be warm and soothing, and the next convey villainous menace.


It is with no doubt that Alan gained a legion of fans with his role as Professor Snape in the Harry Potter films. In fact, it was through that magical character that he became one of Britain’s best-loved acting stars. Alan himself have said many times that it was a role that he cherished as one of his favourites.

Fun fact: He was J.K. Rowling’s personal pick for the role and he was one of the select few who she talked to about the direction the books would go in. Before the fans got to read about it, Alan Rickman was already playing Snape’s motivation.

News of his death spurred an outpouring of grief from the people who admired him and his work, as well as messages from his Harry Potter co-stars.

Emma Watson Alan Rickman


And finally, one from Harry Potter aka Daniel Radcliffe himself.

Daniel shared the following message on his Google+ page:

Daniel Radcliffe Alan Rickman

Alan Rickman¬†will¬†still appear in 2¬†more movies: the drone warfare thriller “Eye in the Sky”, due to be released on 11th March, and “Alice Through the Looking Glass“, slated to be released on 27th May, as the voice of the Blue Caterpillar.

Alan Rickman, we raise our wands to you. Our hearts go out to his family, friends, and loved ones during this difficult time.

Sources: The Guardian, BBC, Gizmodo.

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