The Harry Potter star's death was confirmed by his family on Thursday (January 14). He had been suffering from cancer.
A statement from his relatives reads, "The actor and director Alan Rickman has died from cancer at the age of 69. He was surrounded by family and friends."
Rickman was born in Acton, west London and attended the prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Art before launching his career on the stage, working with the Royal Shakespeare Company.
He landed a role on TV in 1982 BBC show The Barchester Chronicles, but he first gained international acclaim with his part in a stage production of Les Liaisons Dangereuses in 1985, which transferred from London to Broadway in 1987 and landed Rickman a Tony Award nomination.
A year later (88), the actor made his Hollywood breakthrough by landing the role of villainous Hans Gruber in 1988 blockbuster Die Hard opposite Bruce Willis.