The celebrated English acting great passed away from cancer overnight.

15 Jan 2016 - 5:23 AM  UPDATED 15 Jan 2016 - 5:45 AM

British actor and director Alan Rickman, whose films included the Harry Potter franchise, Die Hard and Truly Madly Deeply, has died. He was 69.

A statement from his family said: "The actor and director Alan Rickman has died from cancer at the age of 69. He was surrounded by family and friends."

As an actor, Rickman won a Golden Globe and an Emmy for TV biopic Rasputin, and a BAFTA for "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves." He was BAFTA nominated for Michael Collins, Sense and Sensibility and Truly Madly Deeply.

Daniel Radcliffe, J.K. Rowling pay tribute to Alan Rickman
"Undoubtedly one of the greatest actors I will ever work with."

His Hollywood roles included Severus Snape in the Harry Potter movies and villain Hans Gruber in Die Hard. He recently completed Alice Through the Looking Glass, in which he delivered the voice of the Blue Caterpillar.

He made his directorial debut with 1997's The Winter Guest, which played in competition in Venice, and also directed 2014's A Little Chaos, which ran at the Toronto Film Festival.

Rickman is survived by his wife Rima Horton, whom he married last year. The couple had lived together since 1977.


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