As fans and industry colleagues mourned the loss of actor Alan Rickman Thursday, more details about his personal life began to surface. The 69-year-old Brit, best known for his roles in "Die Hard" and "Harry Potter," died in London after a battle with cancer, surrounded by his friends and close relatives. Rickman's family confirmed his death Thursday.
Even though he was a decorated actor who'd enjoyed many high-profile roles during his decadeslong career, Rickman was able to keep his personal life relatively private. In fact, it wasn't revealed until April 2015 that he and his longtime love, Rima Horton, had married.
Below are four things to know about Rickman's wife:
1. Rickman and Horton's love story began over 50 years ago. According to Us Weekly, the pair met when they were teenagers in 1965; Rickman was 19 and Horton was 18. The pair moved in together in 1997 and remained a couple ever since.
2. Rickman and Horton have never revealed their wedding date, but the "Love Actually" star did tell German site Bild (via the Daily Mail) in April 2015 that he and Horton secretly married in New York.
“It was great, because no one was there," he said about his wedding. "After the wedding in New York, we walked across the Brooklyn Bridge and ate lunch.”
3. According to the Daily Mail, Horton is a politician and worked as a Labor party councilor for the Kensington and Chelsea Borough Council from 1986 to 2006.
4. Horton, 68, and Rickman never had any children. Even though the pair was together for decades, they decided not to have any kids. The actor is cited as previously saying that he would have loved to have a family, but Horton didn't want any children and he respected her decision.
“You should remember I am not the only one involved. There is another person here,” he said. “I would have loved a family. Sometimes I think that in an ideal world, three children, aged 12, 10 and 8, would be dropped on us and we would be great parents for that family.”