Actor Alan Rickman dies aged 69

The 'Harry Potter' star had been suffering from cancer

British actor Alan Rickman has died, according to reports.

The Guardian reports that the star of films including Die Hard, Harry Potter and Love Actually passed away in London. He was 69. His death has been confirmed by his family, according to the reports.

Guardian editor-in-chief Katharine Viner also confirmed the news on Twitter, writing: “Devastated by the news that my friend, the wonderful actor Alan Rickman, has died of cancer at the age of 69”.

A family statement said: “The actor and director Alan Rickman has died from cancer at the age of 69. He was surrounded by family and friends.”

Rickman is best known for his roles as Severus Snape in the Harry Potter films and villain Hans Gruber in Die Hard.

Over the course of his 30-plus year career, Rickman had won a BAFTA Award, a Golden Globe Award, an Emmy Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award.