The world is paying tribute to British actor Alan Rickman who died Thursday at 69, best known for his roles as Severus Snape in Harry Potter movies, Hans Gruber in Die Hard and the Sheriff Of Nottingham in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.
Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling was among those who expressed their grief on social media ...
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.— @jk_rowling
As did Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe ...
And fellow castmates Bonnie Wright (aka Ginny Weasley) ...
Warwick Davis (who played Filius Flitwick) ...
Stan Yanevski (who played Viktor Krum) ...
RIP Alan Rickman (Severus Snape - Harry Potter series). It was an honor knowing and working with him. Sad,sad news. :(— @StanYanevski
Chris Rankin (who played Percy Weasley) ...
Just had awful news of Alan Rickmans death. Utterly devastated. Nothing more to say at this time.— @chrisrankin
And James and Oliver Phelps (who played The Weasley twins).
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
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.— @OliverPhelps
English actor Stephen Fry, who read all seven of the Harry Potter books for audiobook recordings, also took to Twitter.
What desperately sad news about Alan Rickman. A man of such talent, wicked charm & stunning screen & stage presence. He'll be sorely missed— @stephenfry
Other celebrities shared their sorrow on Twitter.
Everyone who knew Alan Rickman- or worked with him or watched his brilliant performances, feels this awful loss pic.twitter.com/pKOxFYYMUM— @MiaFarrow
Goodbye Alan Rickman. You were genius in Harry Potter.— @BoyGeorge
There are few things I enjoyed more than watching Alan Rickman sigh in a movie. RIP— @sethmeyers
Many noted Rickman's death followed just days after David Bowie, who also died aged 69 after secretly fighting cancer.
David Bowie dead from cancer at 69. Now Alan Rickman dead from cancer at 69. Two great talents, one bloody awful disease.— @piersmorgan
Woke up in Palo Alto w/ news of Alan Rickman's death .Loved him. First David Bowie and now Alan Rickman. Very sad week. RIP.— @katiecouric
I do not want my heroes to die! Alan Rickman is dead & he was another hero. Alan - thank you for being with us. We are sorry you had to go— @eddieizzard