Bob Hoskins has passed away at the age of 71, following a bout of pneumonia.
The actor, whose movie career spanned four decades, had retired two years ago from showbusiness after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.
Bob’s second wife Linda and children Alex, Sarah, Rosa and Jack said in a statement, “We are devastated by the loss of our beloved Bob”. The family also thanked well-wishers for their “messages of love and support”.
The actor’s rep said in a statement, “Bob died peacefully at hospital last night surrounded by family, following a bout of pneumonia.”
Hoskins began his movie career in the 1970s and found fame playing Harold Shand in the 1980 gangster film “The Long Good Friday” alongside Helen Mirren.
He received an Oscar nomination for best actor after his lead role in “Mona Lisa” in 1986.
He went on to play Eddie Valiant in “Who Framed Roger Rabbit”in 1988.
Hoskins starred in both “Hook” in 1991 and “Neverland” in 2011 in the role of Smee.
Hoskins announced his retirement after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s in the Fall of 2011.
Speaking about the acting profession, Hoskins said, “I came into this business uneducated, dyslexic, 5ft 6in, cubic, with a face like a squashed cabbage and they welcomed me with open arms.”
In 1988, he said he loved his acting career. Bob said, “My life has taken off – my life, my career – everything. I can honestly say I’ve never been happier. I’m walking around thinking any minute now, 25 tons of horse-s*** is going is going to fall on my head.”
Hoskins is survived by his children, Alex and Sarah with his first wife Jane Livesey and Rosa and Jack with his current wife Linda Banwell.
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