Heartbroken celebrity co-stars and fans of Alan Rickman around the globe are raising their “wands” in honour of the late Harry Potter actor, who passed away on Thursday (Jan. 14). His family announced the death in a statement, saying, "The actor and director Alan Rickman has died from cancer at the age of 69. He was surrounded by family and friends."
Actress Emma Thompson penned an emotional letter about her beloved friend and frequent colleague, writing, "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. The intransigence which made him the great artist he was – his ineffable and cynical wit, the clarity with which he saw most things, including me, and the fact that he never spared me the view."
Although he was one of Britain’s most renowned stage and film actors, Alan found a new audience because of his role as Professor Snape in the Harry Potter films. Former castmates took to social media to share their grief at the loss of their colleague. “There are no words to express how shocked and devastated I am to hear of Alan Rickman's death,” J.K. Rowling, author of the beloved children’s book series, wrote on Twitter. “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.”
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
Daniel Radcliffe shared a heartfelt tribute to his beloved co-star on his Google+ page, calling the Die Hard star “undoubtedly one of the greatest actors I will ever work with.” He went on to say how the actor continued to act as a mentor and friend beyond the Harry Potter years. “I'm pretty sure he came and saw everything I ever did onstage both in London and New York,” Daniel recalled.
"I know other people who've been friends with him for much longer than I have and they all say, 'If you call Alan, it doesn't matter where in the world he is or how busy he is with what he's doing, he'll get back to you within a day.'"
Daniel continued, "People create perceptions of actors based on the parts they played so it might surprise some people to learn that contrary to some of the sterner (or downright scary) characters he played, Alan was extremely kind, generous, self-deprecating and funny. And certain things obviously became even funnier when delivered in his unmistakable double-bass."
His longtime friend and co-star Emma Thompson, who most notably appeared onscreen with the actor in 1995's Sense and Sensibility and again in 2003's Love Actually, called Alan the "ultimate ally." In a statement, she said that "Alan was my friend and so this is hard to write because I have just kissed him goodbye."
From Emma Watson and Gina Rodriguez to Hugh Jackman, the stars paid tribute to their beloved co-star and lifelong friend with heartbreaking messages that underscore the impact of Alan’s lasting legacy on Hollywood. See who else shared their thoughts on the British star's passing.
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
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
Alan Rickman. Incredible actor and director. Above all, the most generous, funny, loving friend to us. @Deborra_lee and I will miss you so .
— Hugh Jackman (@RealHughJackman) January 14, 2016
One of my favorite people who ever lived has died. The legendary #AlanRickman played Metatron, the Voice of God, in my 4th film #Dogma. Alan was the first non-friend who signed up to the flick, but he became a great friend in record time. In this pic, he holds the Ken doll his Dogma character's lack of genitalia was modeled after. I'll never forget his incredible dulcet tones guffawing at the rubber crotch makeup he was wearing: one of the greatest actors who ever lived, tickled by a cinematic lack of a dick. I loved Hans Gruber the minute I saw #DieHard but I fell in love with the soft-spoken gentle soul who brought Gruber to life. Thank you for lending a hack like me your artistry and your credibility, Alan. You were never Snape to me as much as you were the adult Harry Potter himself: a bonafide wizard who could conjure absolute magic using merely words. He was a HUGE cauldron of win, this man. I'll miss him forever. Rest in Peace, Voice of God. Back to Heaven, where you came from...
The entire Oscars show should be dedicated to Alan Rickman. The whole show. RIP Mr. Rickman.
— Jerry O'Connell (@MrJerryOC) January 14, 2016
Shocked & sad to hear Alan Rickman has passed away. One of the nicest actors I've ever met.Thoughts and prayers with his family at this time
— James Phelps (@James_Phelps) January 14, 2016
Terribly sad news about the passing of Alan Rickman. A funny and engaging person who put a shy young actor at ease when I was on HP.
— Oliver Phelps (@OliverPhelps) January 14, 2016