British actor, Bob Hoskins has passed away at the age of 71 following pneumonia, his agent says. Hoskins was a beloved British actor who starred in the likes of Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Brazil, The Long Good Friday and Steven Spielberg’s Hook. The actor enjoyed a career spanning four decades but sadly had to give up acting in 2012 due to being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.
“He wishes to thank all the great and brilliant people he has worked with over the years, and all of his fans who have supported him during a wonderful career,” said the statement.
“Bob is now looking forward to his retirement with his family, and would greatly appreciate that his privacy be respected at this time.”
Hoskins’ breakthrough role came in 1980 in The Long Good Friday which saw him play Harold Shand, a London gangster with big plans. Hoskins won a BAFTA and Golden Globe, as well as receiving an Academy Award nomination, for his role in Mona Lisa. Hoskins also received a Golden Globe nomination for his role in Who Framed Roger Rabbit. Most recently Hoskins starred in the likes of British drama Made in Dagenham, Robert Zemeckis’ A Christmas Carol and his last film, Snow White and the Huntsman.
“We are devastated by the loss of our beloved Bob,” the actor’s wife Linda and children Alex, Sarah, Rosa and Jack said in a statement.
“Bob died peacefully at hospital last night surrounded by family, following a bout of pneumonia.
“We ask that you respect our privacy during this time and thank you for your messages of love and support.”
Many have taken to social media express their sadness over the actor’s passing. The great actor will be sorely missed.