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Actor Bob Hoskins dies, aged 71

1 of 1 Bob Hoskins had retired in 2012 following his diagnosis with Parkinson's disease
Bob Hoskins had retired in 2012 following his diagnosis with Parkinson's disease

Bob Hoskins, the British actor whose career included iconic performances in The Long Good Friday, Mona Lisa and Who Framed Roger Rabbit, has died. He was 71.

His agent, Clair Dobbs, said he had developed pneumonia and died in hospital on Tuesday night surrounded by his family.

In a statement, his family said: "We are devastated by the loss of our beloved Bob.

"We ask that you respect our privacy during this time and thank you for your messages of love and support."

The London-raised actor had retired in 2012 following his diagnosis with Parkinson's disease.

Among Bob Hoskins' many other memorable screen performances were Pennies from Heaven (TV), Nixon, Twenty Four SevenFelicia's Journey, A Room for Romeo Brass and Last Orders.

He was Oscar-nominated for Mona Lisa and won Golden Globe, BAFTA and Cannes awards for his performance in the Neil Jordan film. He won an International Emmy in 2010 for his work on the BBC TV series The Street.

Paying tribute on Twitter, actor and author Stephen Fry said: "The Long Good Friday one of the best British movies of the modern era. A marvellous man."

James Woods, who starred opposite Bob Hoskins in Nixon, wrote: "Oh man, what a terrible loss. A great guy and a superb artist."

Samuel L Jackson wrote: "Truly saddened by the passing of Bob Hoskins! A truly Gigantic talent & a Gentleman. R.I.P."

The League of Gentlemen's Mark Gatiss, who was Bob Hoskins' co-star in a production of The Wind in the Willows for the BBC, tweeted: "So sad to hear we've lost the great Bob Hoskins. A true gent & an inspiration. Happy memories of 'the Willows' in '06."

Nick Frost, who co-starred with Bob Hoskins in Snow White and the Huntsman, tweeted: "Terribly sad news about Bob Hoskins. A pleasure to have shared the screen with you mate. An Actors actor and a gentleman to boot. RIP."

Frost added: "If you want to see Bob in full flow watch The Long Good Friday. A tour de force. The long shot at the end of Bob in the taxi is amazing."

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