The actor, who won a new generation of fans as Professor Snape in Harry Potter, had been suffering from cancer, his family told The Guardian.



We are deeply saddened to learn that Alan Rickman has passed away:

— BAFTA (@BAFTA) January 14, 2016

Alan Rickman, beloved icon of stage and screen, has sadly passed away

— BFI (@BFI) January 14, 2016

Rickman died in London and had been suffering from cancer, family members told The Guardian on Thursday.
According to BBC News, his family said in a statement: “The actor and director Alan Rickman has died from cancer at the age of 69. He was surrounded by family and friends.”
The actor came to global attention as villain Hans Gruber in Die Hard, in what was his first film role.
He reprised the anti-hero persona for Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves in 1991 and won a new legion of younger fans after being cast as Professor Snape in the Harry Potter film series.
Other notable roles include in Truly, Madly, Deeply, as Colonel Brandon in Sense and Sensibility, and Harry in 2003’s Love Actually.