Watching Hans Gruber drop off the side of the Nakatomi Plaza building will now forever be tinged with sadness, as Alan Rickman has died. Various sources are saying the actor has passed after an all-too-brief battle with cancer. He was 69.
Rickman, who rose to stardom after his pitch-perfect role as the villain of Die Hard, will also be remembered for such roles as Harry Potter's iconic Snape, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves' Sheriff of Nottingham, Sense and Sensibility Colonel Brandon, Galaxy Quest's Alexander Dane, and Love Actually's most painfully real storyline.
What a shitty year it's turning out to be for wonderfully unique, often sinister, 69-year-old British alien-men.