Alan Rickman dead at 69

British actor Alan Rickman, whose career ranged from the Royal Shakespeare Company to the Harry Potter films, has died at the age of 69 after a battle with cancer.

Played Severus Snape in Harry Potter films, Hans Gruber in Die Hard

The prolific and adaptable film and theatre star, one of Britain's best-loved actors, has died 4:15

With files from CBC News

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