This video from the USA says about itself:
14 January 2016
From daily The Morning Star in Britain:
Film and stage star Rickman dies age 69
Friday 15th January 2016
ACTOR and film director Alan Rickman died from cancer yesterday aged 69.
The highly respected star and Labour supporter, hailing from a working-class west London family, had a prolific career on stage and screen after graduating from drama school Rada in 1974.
Mr Rickman’s wife Rima Horton was a Labour councillor for Kensington and Chelsea and he once said in an interview that he “was born a card-carrying member of the Labour Party.”
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said Mr Rickman was “one of the greatest actors of his generation.”
Guardian journalist Katherine Viner worked with Mr Rickman on a play called My Name is Rachel Corrie, which he directed, about a US campaigner killed in Gaza by an Israeli army bulldozer while trying to protect a Palestinian family’s home from demolition.
Ms Viner described him as “the most loyal, playful and generous of friends.”