Alan Rickman is dead, “Harry Potter” is devastated!

Famous for his intriguing villains and staccato voice, English actor Alan Rickman is dead at 69.

The star was suffering from cancer, his family said. He became one of Britain’s best-loved acting stars thanks to roles including Professor Snape in the Harry Potter films and Hans Gruber in Die Hard.

He also won a Bafta Award for playing the Sheriff of Nottingham in 1991’s Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.

A family statement said: “The actor and director Alan Rickman has died from cancer at the age of 69. He was surrounded by family and friends.”

Harry Potter is devastated!

Harry Potter star Rupert Grint says he is “devastated” by the death of his former co-star Alan Rickman, who passed away following a battle with cancer at the age of 69.

Grint, who played Ron Weasley in the film franchise based on JK Rowling’s books, joined co-stars Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson, in paying tribute to the star online.

“I am devastated to hear about the passing of Alan Rickman, I feel so privileged to have had the opportunity to work with him on numerous occasions”, the actor said in an official statement.

“Even though he has gone, I will always hear his voice. My thoughts are with his friends and family at this time.”

The actor’s former co-stars Matthew Lewis, Evanna Lynch and James and Oliver Phelps also took time to share their grief online, while Harry Potter author JK Rowling said she was “”shocked and devastated” by the death of the “magnificent” actor.

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