hoskins RIP

After suffering a bout of pneumonia, actor Bob Hoskins has died at the age of 71, as confirmed by his agent, Lindy King.

According to a statement from Hoskins’ wife Linda and children Alex, Sarah, Rosa and Jack, Hoskins died last night with family. The statement reads:

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.

Hoskins began his acting career in the ’60s on the stage, having left school at 15 and working a number of quirky jobs including as a porter, lorry driver and window cleaner. It wasn’t until 1980, when he portrayed East End gangster Harold Shand in The Long Good Friday, however, that his career really took off and he won critical and commercial acclaim.

From there, Hoskins’ career went from strength to strength, until in 1987 he was nominated for an Oscar for his performance in Mona Lisa, which he lost to Paul Newman, and would later quip: “The other nominees raised their glasses to him and I said, ‘What the f**k are you talking about?’”

Hoskins is also famous for the animated-live action crossover Who Framed Roger Rabbit? which saw Hoskins share screentime with an animated rabbit, as you do. His last appearance was in 2012’s Snow White & The Huntsman, in which he played one of the seven dwarves opposite Kristen Stewart.

Hoskins retired from acting at the age of 69 just two years ago, after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, following the release of a statement from his agent that read:

Bob Hoskins wishes to announce that he will be retiring from acting, following his diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease last autumn. 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. Bob is now looking forward to his retirement with his family, and would greatly appreciate that his privacy be respected at this time.

RIP, Bob. It’s safe to say that the industry won’t be the same without you.

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