JK Rowling leads celebrity tributes to "wonderful" actor Alan Rickman

Published Thursday, Jan 14 2016, 15:04 GMT  |  By  |  Add comment
JK Rowling has shared her shock and grief following the death of Alan Rickman.

The Harry Potter writer got to know Mr Rickman, 69, when he took on the role of Professor Snape in the film adaptations of her book series.

Reacting to the news of his death, she tweeted: "There are no words to express how shocked and devastated I am to hear of Alan Rickman's death. He was a magnificent actor & a wonderful man."

Alan Rickman (L) and J.K. Rowling attend the Lumos fundraising event hosted by J.K. Rowling at The Warner Bros. Harry Potter Tour on November 9, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Getty Images for Lumos)

© David M. Benett/Getty Images for Lumos

J.K. Rowling and Alan Rickman at a charity event in 2013.

The author sent her condolences to Mr Rickman's widow Rima, whom he met when he was just 19 years old.

"My thoughts are with Rima and the rest of Alan's family," she said. "We have all lost a great talent. They have lost part of their hearts."

Mr Rickman's family confirmed today that the beloved and respected actor of stage and screen had passed away in London, surrounded by his loved ones, following a battle with cancer.

Many other celebrities and co-stars also took to Twitter to share their grief at today's sad news.