Bob Hoskins dies

Bob Hoskins

Bob Hoskins has died at the age of 71.

The British actor passed away yesterday in hospital of pneumonia his agent has confirmed.

The legendary star enjoyed more than four decades in show business, and was lauded for his role in films such as Who Framed Roger Rabbit and Brazil.

Bob was nominated for an Oscar for his portrayal of George in 1986’s Mona Lisa, but lost out to Paul Newman in The Colour of Money. He did however go on to scoop the Golden Globe for the part.

Bob had announced his retirement from acting in 2012 after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease the year before.

A statement has been released by his family, wife Linda and children Alex, Sarah, Rosa and Jack.

“We are devastated by the loss of our beloved Bob,” it reads.

“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.”

Bob was a firm favorite in both family movies and more serious roles.

He got his big break after being mistakenly called for a theatre audition. Prior to this he was living in London and working in a series of odd jobs.

Stars have already flocked to Twitter to post their condolences, with fellow Brit actor Stephen Fry visibly upset by the sad news.

“Oh no, Bob Hoskins. Gone? That’s awful news. The Long Good Friday one of the best British movies of the modern era. A marvellous man (sic),” Stephen posted.

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