Mona Lisa actor Bob Hoskins dies of pneumonia

Who Framed Roger Rabbit star retired from screen work in 2012 due to Parkinson’s disease

Actor Bob Hoskins pictured in Venice in August 2006. Photograph: Stefano Rellandini/Reuters

Actor Bob Hoskins pictured in Venice in August 2006. Photograph: Stefano Rellandini/Reuters

Wed, Apr 30, 2014, 15:46

British actor Bob Hoskins, known for roles in films such as Who Framed Roger Rabbit and The Long Good Friday, has died from pneumonia at the age of 71.

The star, who landed a best actor Oscar nomination for Mona Lisa, retired from screen work in 2012 after he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.

His family released a statement saying he died last night in hospital.

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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.”

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