In a week which has already seen the loss of legend David Bowie, tributes are also flowing in for veteran character actor Alan Rickman, who passed away yesterday aged 69 following a battle with cancer.
Best known to audiences as Snape in the 'Harry Potter' series, Rickman had a long career in film, with memorable roles in 'Die Hard', 'Galaxy Quest', Love, Actually' and 'Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves'.
'Harry Potter' luminaries, such as creator J.K. Rowling and star Daniel Radcliffe have taken to social media to mourn the actor's passing.
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.— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) January 14, 2016