How did Alan Rickman die – Cause of Death
Rickman died on 14 January 2016 at age 69 from pancreatic cancer. He was a famous English actor and director who became a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company and he trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.
Rickman’s family background –
On 21 February 1946, Rickman was born in the Acton area of London. Son of Margaret Doreen Rose and Bernard William Rickman, his father was Catholic and his mother was a Methodist. He had two brothers named David and Michael and a sister named Sheila.
His father died of lung cancer when he was eight leaving later his mother takes care of him and his three siblings later, they were moved to an Acton estate to the west of Wormwood Scrubs Prison. His mother struggled to bring up four children on her own by working for the Post Office.
Rickman’s career –
Rickman learned West Acton First School next by Derwentwater Primary School in Acton and then later Latymer Upper School in London, his first stage appearance at age 11 in a school production. Later he became involved in drama, from 1965 to 1968 he attended Chelsea College of Art and Design again Royal College of Art from 1968 to 1970.
Before deciding that he really wanted to become an actor set up a design company and briefly worked in graphic arts. He auditioned from the renowned Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) and was accepted for admission.
Rickman attended RADA from 1972 to 1974 and won several prizes for his performance. He was also involved in various British repertory and experimental theater groups and also with the Royal Shakespeare Company.
In the Vicomte de Valmont, Royal Shakespeare Company production of Christopher Hampton’s adaptation of Les Liaisons Dangereuses, directed by Howard Davies, Rickman was given the male lead. He was marked as “The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time” list in October 1997 and also he has ranked once again as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars by Empire in 2009 and 2010.
In television production, Alan Rickman had a different career in which he portrayed a variety array of characters, both virtuous and villainous on his portrayal of the complex Severus Snape became known to a whole new generation in the 21st century.
Rickman’s Married life –
In 1965, at age 19, Rickman met 18-year-old Rima Horton. In 2015, Rickman confirmed that they had married in a private ceremony in New York City in 2012. They lived together from 1977 until Rickman’s death. The two had no children.
He was president of the International Performers’ Aid Trust, a charity that works to fight poverty amongst performing artists everywhere in the world and he was also was the godfather of fellow actor Tom Burke.