Alan Rickman Death: Actor Known For Legendary Roles Including Professor Snape In Harry Potter Passes At 69, Fans Mourn On Twitter [PHOTO]

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Alan Rickman, a legendary British actor who many grew to loathe and love in his role as Professor Snape in the Harry Potter series, has died.

Rickman, 69, passed away Thursday after a brief battle with cancer.

Rickman was well-known for roles on stage with the Royal Shakespeare Company and in U.K. television projects before landing the legendary role of Gruber in Die Hard. He also found a new legion of fans after being cast as Severus Snape, the Potions Professor who often presented himself as Harry Potter's nemesis in the film franchise based off J.K. Rowling's wildly successful book series.

Other notable roles include the role of Harry in the romantic ensemble film Love Actually.

Several fans have taken to Twitter to mourn the loss of Rickman since news broke of his death:

None of Rickman's co-stars have yet responded to the news on social media.

UPDATE 10:04 A.M.:

J.K. Rowling and Emma Watson have both tweeted about Rickman's death:

Daniel Radcliffe has also spoken up about the news, sharing a touching tribute for Rickman on Google Plus:


Matthew Lewis, who portrayed Neville Longbottom in Harry Potter, has also taken to social media to post a tribute to Rickman via Instagram:

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