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Tributes pour in for actor Alan Rickman.

ACTRESS Emma Thompson has led tributes to her Love Actually costar Alan Rickman, who has died aged 69 after suffering from cancer.

The much-loved British actor (left) first shot to stardom in 1988 when he played Bruce Willis's adversary Hans Gruber in Die Hard, and he went on to gain a new generation of fans for his role as Professor Severus Snape in the Harry Potter films.

A family statement said: "The actor and director Alan Rickman has died from cancer at the age of 69. He was surrounded by family and friends."

His death comes just days after rock star David Bowie also died from cancer at the same age - with fans expressing grief that the world has lost two significant artists in less than a week.

Thomson said that her tribute was "hard to write because I have just kissed him goodbye".

In 2003's Love Actually they played married couple Harry and Karen.

"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. "The intransigence which made him the great artist he was - his ineffable and cynical wit, the clarity with which he saw most things, including me, and the fact that he never spared me the view."

She called him "the ultimate ally" in life, politics and art, saying she trusted him absolutely.

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling joined other stars paying tribute to Rickman on Twitter and passed condolences to his wife Rima, writing: "There are no words to express how shocked and devastated I am to hear of Alan Rickman's death."

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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Jan 15, 2016
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