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British actor Bob Hoskins dies aged 71

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Video by Catherine CLIFFORD

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2014-04-30

British actor Bob Hoskins, star of films such as “The Long Good Friday” and “Who Framed Roger Rabbit”, has died at the age of 71 following a bout of pneumonia, his publicist said Wednesday.

A statement issued on behalf of his 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.”

A versatile character actor capable of menace, poignancy and Cockney charm, Hoskins appeared in some of the most acclaimed British films of the past few decades, including 1980 gangster classic “The Long Good Friday” and 1986 neo-noir mystery drama “Mona Lisa”, for which he received an Oscar nomination for Best Actor.

Hoskins announced that he had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2012 and was retiring from acting.

(FRANCE 24 with AP and REUTERS)

Date created : 2014-04-30

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