The great British actor Alan Rickman, famous for his roles in Harry Potter and Die Hard, has passed away.

A member of the Royal Shakespeare Company, Rickman’s breakout role with mainstream movie audiences was as the terrorist Hans Gruber in 1988's Die Hard. High-profile parts like the Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves followed, while roles like the character Jamie in Truly, Madly, Deeply showed moviegoers his versatility. But perhaps Rickman’s most memorable role was Professor Severus Snape in the Harry Potter films.

According to The Guardian, Rickman had been diagnosed with cancer, and the BBC reports that his family released the following statement: “The actor and director Alan Rickman has died from cancer at the age of 69. He was surrounded by family and friends.”

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