British acting legend Bob Hoskins has died, aged 71. The Who Framed Roger Rabbit star passed away on Tuesday night (29Apr14) after suffering from a bout pneumonia.
His wife Linda and children Alex, Sarah, Rosa and Jack said in a statement, “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 acting in the 1960s and shot to fame in 1980 British gangster classic The Long Good Friday, following up with an acclaimed role 1986 drama Mona Lisa, for which he won Best Actor honours at the Golden Globes and British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) awards. He was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor.
He received a second Golden Globe nomination for Who Framed Roger Rabbit and starred in other notable movies including Hook, Maid in Manhattan and Mrs Henderson Presents, for which he was nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Golden Globe. He even picked up accolades for his TV work – he won at International Emmy Award for Best Actor for his role in British drama series The Street.
Hoskins last appeared in Snow White and the Huntsman in 2012, before he announced his retirement. He decided to step away from the film industry after he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.