Harry Potter Stars Lead Tributes To Alan Rickman

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling paid a  poignant tribute to Alan Rickman following the tragic news he had lost a secret battle with cancer, age 69.

She wrote on Twitter: “There are no words to express how shocked and devastated I am to hear of Alan Rickman’s death.”

She added: “My thoughts are with [Rickman’s wife] Rima and the rest of Alan’s family. We have all lost a great talent. They have lost part of their hearts.”

Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe posted a long message via his Google+ account beginning: ‘Alan Rickman is undoubtedly one of the greatest actors I will ever work with..

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Harry Potter actress Emma Watson wrote: ‘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.’

Emma Thompson, who appeared with Rickman in “Love, Actually” and was directed by him in The Winter Guest, wrote in a statement: “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.

She added: “He was, above all things, a rare and unique human being and we shall not see his like again.”

Musician Boy George was one of many to highlight Rickman’s role as Snape, tweeting: ‘Goodbye Alan Rickman. You were genius in Harry Potter.’

 

Stephen Fry added: ‘What desperately sad news about Alan Rickman. A man of such talent, wicked charm and stunning screen and stage presence. He’ll be sorely missed.’

Fifty Shades Of Grey author EL James echoed the sentiments, adding: ‘RIP Alan Rickman. You will be missed. #TrulyMadlyDeeply’

Referring to the Oscar nominations which were out today, actress Jamie Lee Curtis said that Rickman ‘could have done every job on those movies’.

Several fans mentioned Rickman’s death came just a few days after that of David Bowie, who also died aged 69 after secretly fighting cancer.

Comedian Eddie Izzard said: ‘I do not want my heroes to die! Alan Rickman is dead and he was another hero. Alan – thank you for being with us. We are sorry you had to go.’

Rickman’s death comes shortly before the release of a new film called Eye In The Sky in which he stars alongside Helen Mirren and Aaron Paul, due to open in Britain on April 8.

 

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