Friday, May 24, 2024

Source: Alan Rickman Had Pancreatic Cancer, And Not For Very Long– Came to NY in December


EXCLUSIVE We are all saddened by Alan Rickman’s passing yesterday since no one — almost no one– knew he was ill.

Sources tell me Rickman had pancreatic cancer, and he didn’t have it very long. After all, he came to New York last June looking fit for the premiere of his movie “A Little Chaos.” He stayed all night at the Monkey Bar after party.

A month later he’s seen in wire service photos looking the same from a British festival.

But sometime around August, says a friend, he may have suffered a small stroke. “That led doctors to the cancer diagnosis.”

His decline was rapid after that. But Rickman and his wife Rima came to New York in December, and even saw the musical “Hamilton.” Apparently he let some people in on the secret at that point.

Listening to the radio today, I heard so many people go back to his “Die Hard” performance over 25 years ago. Rickman was so much more than that. He was devoted to the theater and was a real stage actor and director. The Oscars and the Tonys must do tributes of some kind to him.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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