Actor Alan Rickman, better known for his turn as Die Hard bad guy Hans Gruber and as Sirius Snape in the Harry Potter films, has died at the age of 69. 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.”

Rickman was one of Britain’s best-loved actors, starring in many films through out his career, from Sci Fi films such as Galaxy Quest, Comedies such as Truly Madly Deeply and he even won a Bafta for his turn as the Sheriff of Nottingham in 1991’s Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. Other awards were a Golden Globe and an Emmy for his performance as Rasputin: Dark Servant of Destiny in 1996.

Alan Rickman

His diverse characters and powerful presence made him stand out amounts other actors, and even won him a few admirers as Empire choose him as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history in 1995, reaching No 34 on the list. Three years later and he reached No 59 in Empire’s “The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time” list.

Alan Rickman

It’s hard to come to terms as celebrities that you grew up with suddenly pass, even harder when you reach a certain age that they become more frequent,.You can only console yourself with the fact that they you were fortunate enough to be a part of their world. To watch and listen to their art, even if it was only for the shortest of moments. To Family and friends of Alan, I say whole heartedly, I am sorry for your loss, but so grateful for the time Alan shared with us! He will be missed

Alan Rickman

Alan Rickman last performance will be in Alice Through the Looking Glass, which is out later this year.

This is the second high profile celebrity to die this week at that age! With David Bowie passing away on Monday. They say that celebrity deaths come in threes…  Such sad times to live in.


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