It has been confirmed, on Thursday, that British actor Alan Rickman has died, “surrounded by friends and family”, losing a long battle with cancer. His illness was kept away from the public eye, making his death as shocking as it is sad.

 

Alan Rickman dies at age 69

 

One of the most loved villains of the big screen passed away on Thursday morning. Actor Alan Rickman, who played the famous Professor Severus Snape in the Harry Potter movies, lost the battle with cancer, at age 69. At the time of his death, he was surrounded by friends and family, in a hospital, in London, as the family statement said.

At this time, it is not known what kind of cancer Rickman had, or for how long he had been ill.

Opposite to the shine on the big screen, the British movie star has kept his private life hidden from the media. Just last year, he revealed that he had secretly married his partner of over 35 years, Rima Horton. He said that the wedding took place in 2012, in New York.

At the hearing of the tragic news, fellow actors and friends expressed their sadness and good thoughts for the family.

“Harry Potter” author JK Rowling led the tributes to Rickman today, portraying Rickman as a “magnificent actor and a wonderful man. My thoughts are with Rima and the rest of Alan’s family. We have all lost a great talent. They have lost part of their hearts.”

26-year-old Daniel Radcliffe called him “undoubtedly one of the greatest actors” that he will ever work with, while his co-star, Emma Watson wrote: “I feel so lucky to have worked and spend time with such a special man and actor. I’ll really miss our conversations. RIP Alan. We love you.”

Stephen Fry described him as a man of “wicked charm” and “stunning screen & stage presence”, adding: “He’ll be sorely missed”.