Actor Alan Rickman dies at 69
British actor Alan Rickman, known by many in his role as Professor Snape in Harry Potter, Hans Gruber in Die Hard, and the Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, has died at the age of 69.
The London native was suffering from cancer and succumbed to the illness, his family said in a statement.
Rickman starred in dozens of films, TV shows, and theatre productions, and was nominated for and won many awards, including a BAFTA Award, Golden Globe Award, Emmy Award, and Screen Actors Guild Award.
James Phelps’ reaction (who played Fred Weasley in the Potter series):
Shocked & sad to hear Alan Rickman has passed away. One of the nicest actors I’ve ever met.Thoughts and prayers with his family at this time
— James Phelps (@James_Phelps) January 14, 2016
Oliver Phelps’ reaction (who played George Weasley in the Potter series):
Terribly sad news about the passing of Alan Rickman. A funny and engaging person who put a shy young actor at ease when I was on HP. — Oliver Phelps (@OliverPhelps) January 14, 2016