British actor Alan Rickman has died after suffering
from cancer, according to a statement from his family.
"The actor and director Alan Rickman has died from
cancer at the age of 69. He was surrounded by family
and friends," the statement read.
With several decades in the film industry, the
performer rose to international fame in 2001 in his
now iconic role as Professor Snape in the Harry Potter
In edition to the beloved movie adaptations, Rickman
was also featured in acclaimed films like Die
Hard, Sense and Sensibility, Truly Madly, Deeply, Love
Actually and Alice in Wonderland. His performance in
the 1996 TV film Rasputin: Dark Servant of
Destiny garnered Rickman an Emmy Award, Golden
Globe Award Screen Actors Guild Award.
A man of many talents, Rickman also celebrated a
successful British theater career, earning a Tony
Award nomination in 1987 for his lead role as Vicomte
de Valmont in the Royal Shakespeare Company's
production of Les Liaisons Dangereuses.
His final film, Alice Through the Looking Glass, is
scheduled for release in May.
The star is survived by his wife Rima Horton , who
he secretly wed around 2012 after 40 years together.
Our thoughts are with his family and friends during
this difficult time.