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Harry Potter Actor Alan Rickman Dies Day After Internet Death Hoax

  • by: Alan Duke
  • (Thu, 14 Jan 2016 16:54:01 Z)

Alan Rickman, a British actor most recently known for his role as Professor Snape in Harry Potter films, died after a battle with cancer, his family confirmed Thursday. He was 69.

RIckman's death came a day after a fake death report was published online.

Harry Potter book author JK Rowling tweeted that he was "shocked and devastated" by word of Rickman's passing, calling him "a magnificent actor & a wonderful man."

Dumbledore actor Michael Gambon tweeted that Rickman was "creative and very, very funny."

His movie career took off when he was 41 in 1988 opposite Bruce Willis in Die Hard. Rickman played villain Hans Gruber. He portrayed the sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves in 1991 and was filled the title role in HBO's Rasputin in 1995.

Strangely, a hoax website published a fake report of Rickman's death on Tuesday, January 12, 2016. It updated the hoax report Thursday to note that his passing "has now been confirmed."

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Editor-in-Chief Alan Duke co-founded Lead Stories after ending a 26-year career with CNN, where he mainly covered entertainment, current affairs and politics. Duke closely covered domestic terrorism cases for CNN, including the Oklahoma City federal building bombing, the UNABOMBER and search for Southeast bomber Eric Robert Rudolph. CNN moved Duke to Los Angeles in 2009 to cover the entertainment beat. Duke also co-hosted a daily podcast with former HLN host Nancy Grace, "Crime Stories with Nancy Grace" and hosted the podcast series "Stan Lee's World: His Real Life Battle with Heroes & Villains." You'll also see Duke in many news documentaries, including on the Reelz channel, CNN and HLN.

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