Alan Rickman dies at the age of 69

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Alan Rickman has died at the age of 69.

The legendary actor of films including Die Hard, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves and the Harry Potter franchise passed away in London following a battle with cancer.

His agent confirmed the sad news to BBC.

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Alan Rickman


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."

Mr Rickman was born in West London but became a Hollywood and theatre megastar thanks to roles in blockbuster movies and stage productions, which earned him several awards.

His first acting role on screen was in the 1978 television movie Romeo & Juliet playing Tybalt. He went on to appear in many TV series and films until landing his big Hollywood break as the villainous Hans Gruber ten years later in Die Hard.

From there, he became a staple of the big screen with leading turns in movies including Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Sense and Sensibility, Dogma, Love Actually and the Harry Potter franchise.

He made his directorial debut in 1997's The Winter Guest, directing his future Love Actually co-star Emma Thompson. He returned to the director's chair for 2014 romance A Little Chaos starring Kate Winslet.

He was a well-respected theatre actor as well, earning a Tony Award nomination for his vole as Vicomte de Valmont in Les Liaisons Dangereuses, where he performed on both the West End and Broadway.

Mr Rickman is survived by wife Rima Horton, whom he met at the age of 19.

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