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:

JK Rowling:

Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter):

Emma Watson (Hermione Granger):

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

Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley) via statement:

Jason Isaacs (Lucius Malfoy):

Warwick Davis (Professor Flitwick):

James Phelps (Fred Weasley):

Oliver Phelps (George Weasley):

Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood):

Chris Rankin (Percy Weasley):

Devon Murray (Seamus Finnigan):

Katie Leung (Cho Chang):

Natalia Tena (Tonks):

Sean Biggerstaff (Oliver Wood):

Freddie Stroma (Cormac McLaggen):

Jamie Campbell Bower (Grindelwald):

Anna Shaffer (Romilda Vane):

Afshan Azad (Padma Patil):


Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom):

Bonnie Wright (Ginny Weasley):

Alan. The energy shifted every time you walked onto set. You were an inspiration to us all. RIP

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We are heartbroken and devastated beyond belief. Rest in peace, sir.