British actor Alan Rickman died at the age of 69 at his home in London after suffering with cancer.
A statement was released, saying; 'The actor and director Alan Rickman has died from cancer at the age of 69. He was surrounded by family and friends.'
One of the first tributes was from fellow film and theatre actor, Stephen Fry who posted to his Twitter page within an hour of the news breaking.
What desperately sad news about Alan Rickman. A man of such talent, wicked charm & stunning screen & stage presence. He'll be sorely missed— Stephen Fry (@stephenfry) January 14, 2016
Starring in a variety of films and theatre, Alan was always famous for his spectacular villains, finding a new generation of fans in J.K Rowling's Harry Potter, who also took to her social media accounts to share her grief.
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.— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) January 14, 2016
My thoughts are with Rima and the rest of Alan's family. We have all lost a great talent. They have lost part of their hearts.— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) January 14, 2016
Not only JK Rowling, but many of his Harry Potter co-stars also took the opportunity to share their thoughts on the late star.
Daniel Radcliffe who played the lead role in the Harry Potter franchise, wrote a moving piece on his Google Plus page.
The 26-year-old said; 'Alan Rickman is undoubtedly one of the greatest actors I will ever work with. He is also, one of the loyalest and most supportive people I've ever met in the film industry. He was so encouraging of me both on set and in the years post-Potter.'
'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...film sets and theatre stages are all far poorer for the loss of this great actor and man.'
Matthew Lewis, who played Neville Longbottom posted a heartfelt personal memory to his Instagram page explaining how he was at Leavesden Studios, where the Harry Potter filming took place, when he heard the news.
I was at Leavesden Studios today when I heard the news. As I walked through the canteen I thought of Alan queuing up for his lunch with us mere mortals. I recalled the trailer in which he offered me some of the greatest advice I ever received about this mad profession we shared. Being back in those corridors made me remember a lot of things and I will treasure those memories all my life. He inspired my career more than he ever knew and I'll miss him.
Co-star Emma Watson, who played Hermione Grainger in the wizarding films, wrote on her Facebook page; 'I'm very sad to hear about Alan today. I feel so lucky to have worked and spent time with such a special man and actor. I'll really miss our conversations. RIP Alan. We love you.'
Alan with the cast of Harry Potter
Another of his more recent roles was opposite Emma Thompson in Love Actually, but the pair first worked together in a production of Sense and Sensibility in 1995 and remained close friends.
Emma Thompson said; ' Alan was my friend and so this is hard to write because I have just kissed him goodbye. What I remember most in this moment of painful leave-taking is his humour, intelligence, wisdom, and kindness. His capacity to fell you with a look or lift you with a word.
'He was the finest of actors and directors...He was the ultimate ally. In life, art and politics. I trusted him absolutely.'
A life-long supporter of the Labour Party - Alan once said he 'was born a card-carrying member of the Labour Party' - Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has tweeted his condolences to one of the 'greatest actors of his generation'.
Very sad to hear that Alan Rickman has passed away. One of the greatest actors of his generation. My thoughts are with his family & friends— Jeremy Corbyn MP (@jeremycorbyn) January 14, 2016
Alan leaves behind his wife Rima Horton, who he married in 2015 in a civil ceremony in New york. The couple had been in a relationship since 1965, when Alan was 19-years-old. They have no children.
The pair have been living together since 1977 out of the spotlight as Rima is an economics lecturer at Kingston University.
Alan with his wife Rima
The award winning actor first shot to fame in 1988 in the Die Hard trilogy when he starred as Hans Gruber - Bruce Willis's sworn enemy - a part he was offered only two days after arriving in Los Angeles, aged 41, such was his acting talent.
He later played an outrageous sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, the 1991 version, as well as Rasputin in an acclaimed 1995 HBO film.
Alan's most recent role in Alice Through The Looking Glass is still in production and will now be released post-homously.
Other notable actors and celebrities from around the world have posted their own kinds words about Alan and his career.
Farewell my friend.Your kindness & generosity ever since we met in LA in 1987 & ever since is incalculable.XX pic.twitter.com/BCUkCxMFj5— Richard E. Grant (@RichardEGrant) January 14, 2016
Oscar noms out. Couldn't care as Alan Rickman is gone & could have done every job on those movies as well, women included. Stunning talent.— Jamie Lee Curtis (@jamieleecurtis) January 14, 2016
Alan. Gone. Fuck, this one hurts... pic.twitter.com/asRFLfrblO— KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) January 14, 2016
One of my very, very favourites. Huge loss. pic.twitter.com/a5iBzlepHH— amanda abbington (@CHIMPSINSOCKS) January 14, 2016
Even pop stars have something positive to say about the legendary actor.
So sad to hear that weâ€™ve lost Alan Rickman. What a brilliantly talented man. Countless amazing performances. What a sad week.— Tom Fletcher (@TomFletcher) January 14, 2016
Gutted about alan rickman!!! What a wonderful actor!!— Brian Mcfadden (@BrianMcFadden) January 14, 2016
Whilst Piers Morgan mourned the loss of not just Alan Rickman but David Bowie, who died earlier this week, also at the age of 69 from cancer.
David Bowie dead from cancer at 69.— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) January 14, 2016
Now Alan Rickman dead from cancer at 69.
Two great talents, one bloody awful disease.
Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time.