'Roger Rabbit' actor Bob Hoskins dead at 71

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by Associated Press

KREM.com

Posted on April 30, 2014 at 7:00 AM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 30 at 12:13 PM

LONDON (AP) — British actor Bob Hoskins, whose varied career ranged from Mona Lisa to Who Framed Roger Rabbit? has died at age 71.

A family statement released Wednesday 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.

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