The very much-loved Professor Severus Snape from "Harry Potter" movie series Alan Rickman died at the age of 69 in London, his family confirmed on Thursday. The highly-respected British actor succumbed after his battle to cancer.

"The actor and director Alan Rickman has died from cancer at the age of 69. He was surrounded by family and friends," a family statement said. According to BuzzFeed News, many were left broken hearted as he perished in his hospital bed in the morning of Jan. 14.

To recall, the director got his first shot of stardom in 1988 with his first Hollywood movie "Die Hard" as the villain of Bruce Willis -- Hans Gruber. He then played major antagonist roles, like the outrageous sheriff of Nottingham in "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves" in 1991 and as Rasputin in 1995 acclaimed HBO film "Dark Servant of Destiny."

The Guardian added Rickman was also a notable lover in the supernatural romance film "Truly Madly Deeply" with Juliet Stevenson. And who could forget his character as the honourable Col Brandon in "Sense and Sensibility."

He, too, worked with his "Harry Potter" co-actress Emma Thompson in 2003's "Love Actually" and in BBC drama "The Song of Lunch." And as Rickman bid goodbye in the movie and theater industry, his comrades paid their tributes and respect to the late star, BBC News noted.

 J.K. Rowling, the author of the fantasy series, twitted: "There are no words to express how shocked and devastated I am to hear of Alan Rickman's death. He was a magnificent actor & a wonderful man." Sir Michael Gambon, who also starred "Harry Potter" movies, told BBC Radio 4 he was "a great friend".

In Daniel Radcliffe's, "Harry Potter" himself, Google Plus page, he wrote: "Alan Rickman is undoubtedly one of the greatest actors I will ever work with." He also added that he was the most loyal and supportive man he ever met in the film industry.