On January, 14, 2016, the world mourned the tragic death of beloved Harry Potter actor Alan Rickman, who passed away from pancreatic cancer. Now, just over a year later, another HP star has died of the same thing.
John Hurt, who played Garrick Ollivander in the film series, was diagnosed with the illness in June 2015, but said he was “more than optimistic about a satisfactory outcome.” While the 77-year-old courageous battled the disease for over a year and a half, he sadly died on January 25, 2017, in Norfolk, England.
Although the film franchise ended over five years ago, the Harry Potter cast is still very much a family and some of them paid tribute to John on Twitter.
So very sad to hear that the immensely talented and deeply beloved John Hurt has died. My thoughts are with his family and friends.
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) January 28, 2017
John Hurt. What an acting legend. Rest in peace dear Sir. Wand shopping won't be the same without you pic.twitter.com/jRrRCX8PZv
— Bonnie Wright (@thisisbwright) January 28, 2017
— Devon Murray (@DevonMMurray) January 28, 2017
The actor finished filming three movies — That Good Night, Damascus Cover and My Name Is Lenny — before his death that are slated to come out this year, and was in the process of shooting Darkest Hour. No word on if he finished his scenes, or if his will be affected.
Our thoughts and prayers are with John’s family and friends at this difficult time.
These 7 YouTube stars tragically passed away from cancer, too:
Talia Joy Castellano
Talia Castellano uploaded her first makeup tutorial onto YouTube when she was just 12 years old, and had already been battling neuroblastoma for five years. The tween quickly began using the slogan, 'makeup is my wig,' to describe how she used beauty to help her keep a positive attitude throughout her cancer treatment. After going into remission a few times, Talia's cancer came back with more vengeance and was deemed terminal. The wide-eyed teen sadly passed away on July 16, 2013, just about a month shy of her 14th birthday.
Esther Earl was just 12 years old when she was diagnosed with metastasized papillary thyroid cancer. The vlogger was introduced to John Green a few years later, and the two quickly struck up a friendship. The author was so inspired by her story that he wrote best-selling-book-turned-movie The Fault in Our Stars with her in mind. Unfortunately, unlike Hazel Grace Lancaster, Esther passed away from the disease in 2010 at the age of 16.
Jam Sebastian was a star in the Philippines for quite some time before he and his fiancee Paolinne Michelle Liggayu gained YouTube popularity on their joint channel, JaMich, in 2011. After posing videos together for a few years, the then-27-year-old announced he was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer in January 2014. The YouTuber bravely fought the disease for a little over a year before passing away on March 4, 2015.
After bravely fighting brain cancer for four years, 19-year-old British YouTuber Charlotte Eades lost her battle in February 2016.
"It is with regret that this will be the last YouTube video for Charlotte," her mother said in a video uploaded to Charlotte's YT channel following her death. "Charlotte passed away peacefully at 1:03pm in our local hospital in Brighton. She fought until the last minute and my husband managed to get there 15 minutes before she passed away. It was Charlotte’s goal in life to help others, she educated secondary school pupils about cancer and volunteered her time tirelessly as a real, honest and uniquely interpersonal vlogger. Through her videos, Charlotte made an inspirational and definite difference to people’s lives."
Because Edd's YouTube channel Eddsworld was made up of solely animated video, not many of his fans knew that he was battling Acute lymphoblastic leukemia throughout his time on the site. But on April 16, 2011, the YT star made the announcement that he had been diagnosed with the disease for the second time, and would update viewers on his condition through animated sketches. Sadly, on March 27, 2012, a video titled "RIP Edd Gould" was uploaded, along with the following description: "On Sunday the 25th of March 2012, Edd Gould passed away after a six-year-long battle with cancer. He will be greatly missed." So tragic.
Claudio "Maddox Madison" Lake was a popular NYC drag queen and YouTube star who frequently reviewed RuPaul's Drag Race unexpectedly passed away from skin cancer on June 19, 2014. The YouTuber only told his viewers that he was diagnosed the month before, and thought all was well — he even posted a video and tweeted about buying Beyonce tickets two days before his death.Photo: Twitter
Christina Newman began her YouTube channel back in 2007, making videos documenting her weight-loss journey. Unfortunately, her channel took a turn when she was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer in January 2010 and decided to use it as her diary. Christina fought long and hard for four years, and even had a daughter named Ava, but sadly died from the terrible disease on October 26, 2014.