Loved and amazingly talented Alan Rickman is the latest legend to die this year after a battle with cancer. British actor Rickman who's roles ranged from Hollywood villian Hans Gruber too the love/hate villian/hero Snape from Harry Potter.
"The actor and director Alan Rickman has died from cancer at the age of 69. He was surrounded by family and friends," his family said in a statement on Thursday.
He won a Golden Globe and an Emmy during his career and despite his reputation for playing the "baddie", he was also acclaimed for more sensitive roles in films such as "Truly Madly Deeply", and "Love, Actually".
"Everybody loved Alan. He was always happy and fun and creative and very, very funny," veteran British actor Michael Gambon told BBC radio. "He had a great voice, he spoke wonderfully well, he was intelligent, he wrote plays and he directed a play. So he was a real man of the theater and the stage."
The Guardian newspaper said Rickman was always politically active with the left-wing Labour Party and his wife, Rima Horton, his partner of more than 50 years whom he married in secret last year, had been a Labour Councillor in London.
I am deeply saddened too hear of his death and will miss his influence in British and international film industry. I wish I met him before his passing to speak about the roles he played, mainly Hans Gruber, from one of my most favorite movies of all time.
We will be reading it for you Alan. Forever.
""Look... At... Me..." He whispered. The green eyes found the black, but after a second, something in the depths of the dark pair seemed to vanish, leaving them fixed, blank and empty. The hand holding Harry thudded to the floor, and Snape moved no more. "