Alan Rickman Loses Battle With Cancer At 69
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After a short battle with cancer, British actor Alan Rickman passed away today at the age of 69. He was surrounded by family and friends. Rickman was known for his legendary roles in classics such as Die Hard, Harry Potter and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.
Rickman was born into a working-class family in London and began his acting career in theater before eventually moving onto Hollywood films. He was best known for his villain roles such as Hans Gruber, Professor Snape and the Sheriff of Nottingham. Various public figures hastened to pay tribute to the late actor after hearing of his unexpected death. These included labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who said on Twitter:
”Very sad to hear that Alan Rickman has passed away. One of the greatest actors of his generation. My thoughts are with his family and friends.”
Tony Parsons offered his condolences as well, saying that Alan “added a touch of class to everything he touched.” The world has lost a great man today. Rest in peace, Alan. Your legacy will live on.