Harry Potter star Alan Rickman, 69, dies after secret battle with cancer

Alan Rickman dead aged 69 after battle with cancer

The veteran British actor, best known for his roles in films such as Harry Potter and Robin Hood, kept his fight with the illness private. He revealed last year that he had secretly married his long-term partner Rima Horton (together, right), whom he had been in a relationship with since 1977, in 2012. Rickman is pictured (left) at an event in November, as Snape in Harry Potter (centre), in Love Actually (inset left) and Robin Hood (inset right).  May his soul rest in Peace .