Actor Alan Rickman Dead at 69
Actor Alan Rickman, known for films including Harry Potter, Die Hard, Truly Madly Deeply and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, has died at the age of 69. The star was suffering from cancer, his family said.
On 14 January 2016, Rickman died of cancer in London. Soon after, his fans created a memorial underneath the “Platform 9¾” sign at London King’s Cross railway station.
Tributes from Rickman’s co-stars and contemporaries appeared on social media following the announcement; since his cancer was not publicly known, some—like Ralph Fiennes, who “cannot believe he is gone”, and Jason Isaacs, who was “sidestepped by the awful news”—expressed their surprise. Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling called Rickman “a magnificent actor and a wonderful man”. Emma Watson wrote, “I feel so lucky to have worked and spent time with such a special man and actor. I’ll really miss our conversations”. Daniel Radcliffe appreciated his loyalty and support. “I’m pretty sure he came and saw everything I ever did on stage both in London and New York. He didn’t have to do that”. Evanna Lynch said it was scary to bump into Rickman in character as Snape, but “he was so kind and generous in the moments he wasn’t Snaping about”. Rupert Grint said, “even though he has gone I will always hear his voice”.
Kate Winslet remembered Rickman as warm and generous. “And that voice! Oh, that voice”. Helen Mirren said his voice “could suggest honey or a hidden stiletto blade”. Emma Thompson remembered “the intransigence which made him the great artist he was—his ineffable and cynical wit, the clarity with which he saw most things, including me … I learned a lot from him”. Sir Ian McKellen wrote, “behind [Rickman’s] mournful face, which was just as beautiful when wracked with mirth, there was a super-active spirit, questing and achieving, a super-hero, unassuming but deadly effective”.