When I heard the news this morning, I prayed that it was a lie. I thought, ‘please don’t let it be true.’ But the sad truth is, Alan Rickman, at the age of 69, has passed away from cancer, surrounded by his loved ones.
My first response was to cry. And then I thought, I need to write a blog post to honor his life. I was going to write about his films and his work and all the reasons why I love him. But I realized, it’s not about that. It’s not about Die Hard or Sense and Sensibility or Harry Potter or Love Actually or Robin Hood, or the countless other films and roles in theatre that he played. It’s about the man, Alan Rickman, in and of himself, changing our lives for the better.
Through sharing his life and talents with us, he shaped our lives, saved lives, provided countless hours of entertainment and joy, and caused us to love him. He will never be forgotten. He is such a huge part of so many lives, and this is a loss that will be felt greatly around the world.
Today, I am honoring his life and thinking of his loved ones, who got to know him and love him greater than I did, and who are feeling his loss greater than anyone.
Alan Rickman brought so many beloved roles to life, caused me to smile more times than I can count, and was a huge part of my life. My heart aches knowing that he is gone, but he will continue to live on in the hearts of many and will bring smiles to faces even after his death, and if that’s not a life well-lived, then I don’t know what is.
Rest in Peace, Alan Rickman. We love you.