Alan Rickman, has died at the age of 69.
The beloved film and theater actor was confirmed to have passed away on Thursday (January 14) by his family, after a battle with cancer, The Guardian reports.
According to the family statement, he was “surrounded by family and friends.”
Rickman is best known for his roles as Severus Snape in the Harry Potter films and villain Hans Gruber in Die Hard (and having one of the most singular voices in acting.)
The London-born star began his career in theatre, including the Royal Shakespeare Company, before winning roles in TV dramas like Smiley’s People and The Barchester Chronicles in the 1980s.
He became best known for playing screen villains – including the role of Judge Turpin opposite Johnny Depp in 2007’s Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street as well as the likes of Hans Gruber and the Sheriff of Nottingham in 1991’s Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.
But he showed his gentler side in films like 1990’s Truly Madly Deeply, 1995’s Sense and Sensibility and Love Actually in 2003.
He also starred in cult comedies such as Kevin Smith‘s Dogma in 1999 and the (criminally) underrated Galaxy Quest, opposite Tim Allen and Sigourney Weaver, the same year.
He earned Bafta nominations for his roles in Truly Madly Deeply, in which he played Juliet Stevenson‘s ghost lover, and for playing Colonel Brandon alongside Kate Winslet in Sense and Sensibility.
He won a Bafta Award for playing the Sheriff in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, and a Golden Globe in 1997 for best actor in a miniseries or television film for the title role in Rasputin: Dark Servant of Destiny.
Members from the Harry Potter family have been taking to their social media accounts to pay their respects and share their sadness:
There are no words to express how shocked and devastated I am to hear of Alan Rickman’s death. He was a magnificent actor & a wonderful man.
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) January 14, 2016
Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter):
Emma Watson (Hermione Granger):
Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley) via statement:
— Rupert Grint .NET (@rupertgrintnet) January 14, 2016
Jason Isaacs (Lucius Malfoy):
Heartbreaking news about lovely Alan. Nobody else could be as hilarious, tragic, terrifying & truthful all at the same time #RIPAlanRickman
— Jason Isaacs (@jasonsfolly) January 14, 2016
Warwick Davis (Professor Flitwick):
— Warwick Davis (@WarwickADavis) January 14, 2016
James Phelps (Fred Weasley):
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 (George Weasley):
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
Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood):
Am not prepared for a world without Alan Rickman. Such a beautiful soul. He was so kind & generous in the moments he wasn’t Snaping about.❤️
— Evanna Lynch (@Evy_Lynch) January 14, 2016
I’ll also never forget how scary it was to accidentally bump into him as Snape. And how he made us love Snape so much!❤️Rest in peace, Alan.
— Evanna Lynch (@Evy_Lynch) January 14, 2016
Chris Rankin (Percy Weasley):
Just had awful news of Alan Rickmans death. Utterly devastated. Nothing more to say at this time.
— Chris Rankin (@chrisrankin) January 14, 2016
Devon Murray (Seamus Finnigan):
— Devon Murray (@DevonMMurray) January 14, 2016
Katie Leung (Cho Chang):
Such terrible news. And reading about him now makes me want to BE and DO better in everything. Thank you sir. #RIPAlanRickman
— Katie Leung (@Kt_Leung) January 14, 2016
Natalia Tena (Tonks):
I can’t believe Alan Rickman’s dead. What?! Such an incredible actor, such a loss. R.I.P
— Natalia Tena (@NatTenaLady) January 14, 2016
Sean Biggerstaff (Oliver Wood):
I don’t know what I did to deserve a friend like Alan. He looked out for me for twenty years and I loved him. I don’t know what to do now.
— Sean Biggerstaff (@Seanchuckle) January 14, 2016
Freddie Stroma (Cormac McLaggen):
Such sad news about such a fantastic actor. RIP Alan Rickman.
— Freddie Stroma (@freddiestroma) January 14, 2016
Jamie Campbell Bower (Grindelwald):
Devastated to hear about the passing of Alan Rickman. I had the pleasure of working with him on my first movie. A true legend and gentleman.
— Jamie Campbell Bower (@Jamiebower) January 14, 2016
Anna Shaffer (Romilda Vane):
I remember sitting with Alan Rickman at lunch and literally being able to feel talent throbbing from him, it was so terrifying & wonderful.
— Anna Shaffer (@anna_shaffer) January 14, 2016
Afshan Azad (Padma Patil):
— Afshan Azad (@afshan_azad) January 14, 2016
Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom):
I was at Leavesden Studios today when I heard the news. As I walked through the canteen I thought of Alan queuing up for his lunch with us mere mortals. I recalled the trailer in which he offered me some of the greatest advice I ever received about this mad profession we shared. Being back in those corridors made me remember a lot of things and I will treasure those memories all my life. He inspired my career more than he ever knew and I’ll miss him.
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Bonnie Wright (Ginny Weasley):
We are heartbroken and devastated beyond belief. Rest in peace, sir.