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Fans mourn a screen legend

FANS across the world are in mourning after the death of one of Britain's screen giants - Alan Rickman.

The star lost his battle with cancer, aged 69, and died on Thursday surrounded by family and friends, media has reported.

His voice was one of the most recognisable in the business.

Those languid tones had the ability to inspire laughter, sorrow, anger and terror.

I was still coming to terms with the news about the death of one of my favourite rock stars, David Bowie, when I read that Alan Rickman had also died from cancer.

I have been a fan of his work since I first saw him as the Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves when I was probably about 10 or 11 years old.

From his role as German mastermind Hans Gruber in Die Hard in 1988 - his first major role - he's been considered one of the best "baddies" to grace the silver screen.

He immortalised one of fiction's greatest, but most misunderstood antagonists - Professor Severus Snape. Any avid reader knows it takes a strong actor to make such a memorable role come to life.

Social media has been flooded with tributes.

One of his long-term co-stars Emma Thompson penned a heartbreaking statement after his death.

"What I remember most in this moment of painful leave-taking is his humour, intelligence, wisdom and kindness. His capacity to fell you with a look or lift you with a word," she wrote.

"He was, above all things, a rare and unique human being and we shall not see his like again."



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