Bob Hoskins Dead at 71

British actor dies after bout of pneumonia
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 30, 2014 8:17 AM CDT
Bob Hoskins gives an interview as he arrives at a gala screening for the film 'Hollywoodland' as part of the London Film Festival at a West End cinema in Leicester Square, London, Oct. 30, 2006.   (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File)

(Newser) – British actor Bob Hoskins, whose varied career ranged from Mona Lisa to Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, has died aged 71. A family statement released today by agent Clair Dobbs said Hoskins died in a hospital after a bout of pneumonia. His wife, Linda, and children Alex, Sarah, Rosa, and Jack, said: "We are devastated by the loss of our beloved Bob."

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 gangster classic The Long Good Friday. In 2012 Hoskins announced that he had been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease and was retiring from acting. (Read more obituary stories.)

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