God dammit… Seriously, fuck you cancer.
Yet another shocking death to report as Alan Rickman has passed away at 69 from cancer, according to a family statement: “The actor and director Alan Rickman has died from cancer at the age of 69. He was surrounded by family and friends.”
Horror fans would know him from his roles in the Tim Burton films Alice in Wonderland and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.
Rickman was also known to many for his roles in the Harry Potter films as well as Kevin Smith’s Dogma. However, I was first introduced to him in the 1988 action film Die Hard, where he played the fantastic villain Hans Gruber. I remember being 10 or so and watching that movie for the first time, sitting on the edge the couch with the widest of eyes, completely in disbelief at how fantastic the film was. Gruber was the ultimate villain for me. He was polished, urbane, intelligent, well dressed, and utterly maniacally insane. His completely casual nonchalance in killing people told me that he was beyond dangerous, someone that needed to be stopped. What a masterfully written and portrayed character.
As much as he will be missed, I’m happy that he’s no longer suffering. Rest peacefully, Mr. Rickman.