Alan Rickman has passed away at 69 it was announced today. It was sadly announced by his family that the actor has died of cancer.
In a statement to the BBC, Rickman's family said:
The actor and director Alan Rickman has died from cancer at the age of 69. He was surrounded by family and friends.
The actor was perhaps best known as Professor Snape in the Harry Potter movies and Hans Gruber in Die Hard, but was highly regarded with a huge library of films to his name.