The star of ‘Die Hard’ and the ‘Harry Potter’ film series Alan Rickman has reportedly died after a battle with cancer.

The Shakespearean trained actor got his big break in 1988 when he played Hans Gruber in ‘Die Hard,’ a role he made iconic. He appeared in films like ‘Galaxy Quest’ and ‘Dogma’ but was most well know for playing Severus Snape in all of the ‘Harry Potter’ movies.

The BBC reports his family released the following statement:

“The actor and director Alan Rickman has died from cancer at the age of 69. He was surrounded by family and friends.”

Alan Rickman was truly one of the best actors of his time and he’ll be sorely missed by his fans and his peers alike.