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British actor Bob Hoskins dies of pneumonia aged 71

Television still: David Copperfield, starring Daniel Radcliffe (bottom) and Bob Hoskins. -- FILE PHOTO: MIO TV
Television still: David Copperfield, starring Daniel Radcliffe (bottom) and Bob Hoskins. -- FILE PHOTO: MIO TV
Cinema still: Unleashed starring Jet Li (right) and Bob Hoskins. -- FILE PHOTO: SHAW
Cinema still: Unleashed starring Jet Li (right) and Bob Hoskins. -- FILE PHOTO: SHAW
Cinema still: Who Framed Roger Rabbit - Bob Hoskins in Who Framed Roger Rabbit. British actor Bob Hoskins, known for his roles in films including Who Framed Roger Rabbit, has died at the age of 71 following a bout of pneumonia, his agent said on
Cinema still: Who Framed Roger Rabbit - Bob Hoskins in Who Framed Roger Rabbit. British actor Bob Hoskins, known for his roles in films including Who Framed Roger Rabbit, has died at the age of 71 following a bout of pneumonia, his agent said on Wednesday, April 30, 2014. -- FILE PHOTO: SCV
British actor Bob Hoskins attends a news conference for the film Mrs. Henderson Presents at the 30th Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto in this September 9, 2005 file photo. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS
British actor Bob Hoskins attends a news conference for the film Mrs. Henderson Presents at the 30th Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto in this September 9, 2005 file photo. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (AFP) - British actor Bob Hoskins, known for his roles in films including Who Framed Roger Rabbit, has died at the age of 71 following a bout of pneumonia, his family said on Wednesday.

The gruff Londoner, who rose to fame in British gangster films in the 1980s and went on to have a long career as a Hollywood character actor, died in hospital on Tuesday night, they said in a statement. 

Hoskins, who was nominated for an Oscar and won a Golden Globe for his role in Mona Lisa in 1986, retired from acting in 2012 after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. 

“We are devastated by the loss of our beloved Bob, “ said a statement from his wife Linda and the couple’s two children Rosa and Jack, and Hoskins’s two children from his first marriage, Alex and Sarah. 

“Bob died peacefully at hospital last night surrounded by family, following a bout of pneumonia,” said the statement issued by acting agent Clair Dobbs. 

“We ask that you respect our privacy during this time and thank you for your messages of love and support.” 

Hoskins left school at the age of 15 and claimed he only got his break in acting by accident, after being mistakenly called for a theatre audition. 

He began as a television actor and broke through into film with his portrayal of a doomed London gangster in The Long Good Friday in 1980, which won him a Bafta nomination. 

One of his best known roles was as the detective trying to work out Who Framed Roger Rabbit, the eponymous cartoon hero, for which he was nominated for a Golden Globe in 1989.

More recent success came with a Globe nomination for Mrs Henderson Presents with Judi Dench, while his last role was one of the seven dwarves in the film Snow White and the Huntsman, starring Twilight actress Kristen Stewart.

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