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