Alan Rickman dies at 69

Alas! We are greeted by 2016 with bad news. David Bowie's passing, bombings in Asia and now this. I never knew Alan would pass away this year and his death completely caught me off guard. He was one of my favorite actors of all time and I still find it hard to believe that he's gone. I was hoping that he'd be in the upcoming Harry Potter movie but it's too late for that. So long! You will never be forgotten.


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Alan Rickman, one of the best-loved and most warmly admired British actors of the past 30 years, has died in London aged 69. His death was confirmed on Thursday by his family. Rickman had been suffering from cancer.

A star whose arch features and languid diction were recognisable across the generations, Rickman found a fresh legion of fans with his role as Professor Snape in the Harry Potter films. But the actor had been a big-screen staple since first shooting to global acclaim in 1988, when he starred as Hans Gruber, Bruce Willis’s sardonic, dastardly adversary in Die Hard – a part he was offered two days after arriving in Los Angeles, aged 41.

Gruber was the first of three memorable baddies played by Rickman: he was an outrageous sheriff of Nottingham in 1991’s Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, as well as a terrifying Rasputin in an acclaimed 1995 HBO film.

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