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Actor Bob Hoskins dead at 71

By citizenmike  |  Posted: April 30, 2014

Actor Bob Hoskins in The Long Good Friday

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Actor Bob Hoskins, who was best known for roles in Who Framed Roger Rabbit and The Long Good Friday, has died of pneumonia aged 71.

He died on Tuesday in hospital, surrounded by family, according to his agent.

The actor starred in Pennies from Heaven, the 1978 BBC musical drama serial written by Forest of Dean screenwriter Dennis Potter.

In a statement, the actor's wife Linda and children Alex, Sarah, Rosa and Jack said: "We are devastated by the loss of our beloved Bob.

"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."

The star was nominated for a best actor Oscar in 1987 for crime drama Mona Lisa, in which he starred opposite Sir Michael Caine and Robbie Coltrane.

He retired from acting in 2012 after being diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.

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