Aw man, I think these two will forever be linked. Five days after one of the world's greatest artists - David Bowie - died of cancer at 69, one of the world's best actors - Alan Rickman - goes and does the exact same thing, at the same age.
Alan Rickman was underrated. But I don't say that in lament - I think as an actor, being underrated is a wonderful thing.
Think of the biggest names in Hollywood. Chris Hemsworth, Morgan Freeman, Scarlett Johansson... When you go and see a movie starring any of those people you think of it as a "Bruce Willis" movie or a "Meryl Streep" movie. As brilliant as those actors are, it makes their job a lot harder to do. It's hard to watch the as their character and not just think "Hugh Jackman is beating up those bad guys".
Rickman is different. When I watch him, I only see Hans Gruber or Professor Snape. He's a true actor in the most British, thespian sense of the word. The way he creates a character is so complete, it impresses me no end.
The fact that he's left us in the same week and at the same age as one of the other great artists is cause for sorrow. And as a friend of mine pointed out, have you ever noticed what the zodiac sign is for Cancer?