Stars Pay Tribute to Alan Rickman, 1946-2016

Actor Alan Rickman has passed away at the age of 69.

Alan has had a long and awe-inspiring career, starring in many old favourites and cult classics, from Die Hard to Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy to Sense and Sensibility to Love Actually

However, perhaps his most famous role came more recently - as the villainous Professor Snape in the Harry Potter series. 

Alan, aged 69, died last night after losing a battle with cancer.

According to The Guardian, a source confirmed his passing and said he was surrounded by family and friends. 

Fans and co-stars are mourning his death and have made public statements to farewell their idol. 

Sir Ian McKellen who starred with Rickman in Rasputin - the only performance for which Rickman would win a Golden Globe - released a touching statement, saying: "He leaves a multitude of fans and friends, grateful and bereft."

Meanwhile, Alan's Harry Potter co-stars Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson also expressed their love and admiration:



Alan Rickman is undoubtedly one of the greatest actors I will ever work with. He is also, one of the loyalest and most...

Posted by Daniel Jacob Radcliffe on Thursday, 14 January 2016

I'm very sad to hear about Alan today. I feel so lucky to have worked and spent time with such a special man and actor. I'll really miss our conversations. RIP Alan. We love you

Posted by Emma Watson on Thursday, 14 January 2016

The hero to Alan Rickman's first major villain, Bruce Willis, who starred with Alan in Die Hard, wrote on Twitter:

However, the most moving tribute came from his Love Actually, Sense and Sensibility and Harry Potter co-star, Emma Thompson. "Alan was my friend so this is hard to write because I have just kissed him goodbye," she wrote in a statement released by The New York Times. "He was above all things a rare and unique human being and we shall not see his like again."



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