Alan Rickman or popularly known as Professor snap has died at the age of 69 after waging a secret battle with cancer, his family said today.

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According to Daily Mail, The British actor, known for his roles in films such as Harry Potter and Robin Hood, kept his fight with illness private before his death.

He passed away in hospital this morning, surrounded by loved-ones.

J.K. Rowling led the tributes to Rickman today, calling him ‘a magnificent actor and a wonderful man’, as dozens of celebrities and public figures expressed their grief over his death.

Rickman revealed last year that he had secretly married his long-term partner Rima Horton in a New York ceremony in 2012, whom he had been in a relationship with since 1977.

His family said in a statement today: ‘The actor and director Alan Rickman has died from cancer at the age of 69. He was surrounded by family and friends.’

His brother David, 71, added: ‘He passed away this morning. He was in a hospital at the time.’

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It is unknown what type of cancer the star suffered from or how long he was secretly battling the illness.

The actor’s other well-known films include Truly, Madly, Deeply, Sense and Sensibility and Love Actually, in which he played the wife of his frequent collaborator Emma Thompson.

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