Kate Winslet, Emma Watson and Stephen Fry Pay Tribute to Alan Rickman: 'He Was the Kindest and Best of Men'
Celebrities paid tribute to the Harry Potter after learning of his passing.
“I’m very sad to hear about Alan today,” Watson, Rickman’s co-star in the Harry Potter movies, wrote in a Facebook post. “I feel so lucky to have worked and spent time with such a special man and actor. I’ll really miss our conversations. RIP Alan. We love you.”
“He is also, one of the loyalest and most supportive people I’ve ever met in the film industry,” Radcliffe, 26, wrote. “Working with him at such a formative age was incredibly important and I will carry the lessons he taught me for the rest of my life and career.”
Rickman died at the age of 69 from cancer. At the time of his passing, he “surrounded by family and friends,” his family said in a statement to the BBC.
“We are all so devastated to lose Alan. He was loved enormously by so many. He was an exceptionally warm and giving man and an utterly phenomenal actor and gifted director,” Kate Winslet, Rickman’s on-screen love interest in Sense and Sensibility, said in a statement to PEOPLE.
Winslet, 40, and Rickman reunited on screen in A Little Chaos, which opened in the U.S. over the summer.
“I remember being so intimidated by him when we worked together when I was 19, because he had such a powerful and commanding presence. And that voice,” she said. “But the reality of course, was that he was the kindest and best of men. Had the patience of a saint. He was a warm hearted puppy dog, who would do anything for anyone if it made them happy. He was a loving and devoted partner to Rima, and like so many of us in our vast industry, my life was enriched by knowing him. My heart goes out to his family and those he loved.”
“What desperately sad news about Alan Rickman,” British actor and comedian Stephen Fry tweeted. “A man of such talent, wicked charm & stunning screen & stage presence. He’ll be sorely missed.”
Here are tweets and posts from some of other stars who paid tribute to the late star: