Legendary actor Alan Rickman is dead. The British acting icon, best known for his role as Snape in the Harry Potter movies, has died at 69 after battling cancer. Alan was a superstar in movies and on the stage, and his illustrious career spanned decades. He will be so missed.

Alan’s death was confirmed by his family on Jan. 14, according to The Guardian. “The actor and director Alan Rickman has died from cancer at the age of 69. He was surrounded by family and friends,” a statement from the family said.

Alan, who played Professor Snape in all eight of the Harry Potter movies, first made headlines on the big screen when he starred as the evil Hans Gruber in 1988’s Die Hard. He was notorious for playing villains in movies, including Nottingham inRobin Hood: Prince of Thieves and Rasputin, but we loved him all the same. He won a Golden Globe in 1997 for his role as Rasputin in the HBO movie.