London: British actor Alan Rickman, whose career ranged from Britain's Royal Shakespeare Company to the "Harry Potter" films, has died. He was 69.
Rickman's family said on Thursday that the actor had died after a battle with cancer.
His breakout role was as the scheming Vicomte de Valmont in an acclaimed 1985 RSC production of "Les Liaisons Dangereuses."
Film roles included "Truly, Madly, Deeply," ''Love Actually" and the Potter films, in which he played the ambiguous Dark Arts teacher Severus Snape.
Here's how the internet reacted when they heard the news that Alan Rickman had passed, aged 69.
I was at Leavesden Studios today when I heard the news. As I walked through the canteen I… https://t.co/tvOqG8EfjE
— Matthew Lewis (@Mattdavelewis) January 14, 2016
— Emma Watson (@EmWatson) January 14, 2016
Dreadful to hear Alan Rickman has passed away. A wonderful actor and friend. What a sad day.
— Richard Madden (@_richardmadden) January 14, 2016
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
— Eddie Izzard (@eddieizzard) January 14, 2016
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
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
So sad and shocking to hear about Alan Rickman. Truly a giant and a gent. His eyes always twinkled, and that voice...
— David Miliband (@DMiliband) January 14, 2016
— Warwick Davis (@WarwickADavis) January 14, 2016
David Bowie dead from cancer at 69. Now Alan Rickman dead from cancer at 69. Two great talents, one bloody awful disease.
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) January 14, 2016
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
the moment i heard Alan Rickman passed away, all i heard in my head was his voice saying "Always."
— casey (@probablysomehow) January 14, 2016
— Anything Cumberbatch (@Anythingbatch) January 14, 2016
only way to react to Alan Rickman's passing pic.twitter.com/NNYAxrwEDd
— Carlos Adama (@Carlos_Adama) January 14, 2016
I will always think of Alan Rickman whenever I get to page 394. pic.twitter.com/6rpCAVc2G6
— Daniel Rosney (@DanielRosney) January 14, 2016
Oh what, now Alan Rickman. Oh just f**k off, this week, I can't bear it.
— Jo Elvin (@jo_elvin) January 14, 2016
Snape. Hans Gruber! "Love, Actually." Running the mental reel of our favorite Rickman roles this morning... https://t.co/wDPiieQZZY
— Hallie Jackson (@HallieJackson) January 14, 2016
"Well, it may have escaped your notice, but life isn't fair." (Professor S. Snape) R.I.P. Alan Rickman (1946-2016) pic.twitter.com/fi6GKpBObe
— The Culture Trip (@CultureTrip) January 14, 2016
— Gdn Culture Pros (@GdnCulturePros) January 14, 2016
Don't worry, we will always be there thinking of you while we read it. Rest in peace, Alan Rickman. pic.twitter.com/TIMmK3RPL0
— mplatco (@mplatco) January 14, 2016
In offices, schools & homes across the land, echoes of "I loved Alan Rickman in [insert film]" ring out. Now THAT'S a legacy. #AlanRickman
— Denise Evans (@DeniseEvansMEN) January 14, 2016
— Hampstead Theatre (@Hamps_Theatre) January 14, 2016