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Bob Hoskins dead at 71: 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit' star battled long illness

Bob Hoskins
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Oscar-nominated British actor Bob Hoskins died at the age of 71. He had been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 2012, but Hoskins' representative Clair Bloom says that Hoskins died in a hospital of pneumonia, according to the Associated Press. Bloom announcement about Hoskins' death on April 30, 2014, according to a CNN report. The exact date and location of his death have not yet been publicly announced.

Hoskins was best known for his starring role in the 1988 blockbuster "Who Framed Roger Rabbit." He tended to play characters that were tough and/or working-class.

He received an Oscar nomination (Best Actor) for the 1986 movie "Mona Lisa." Hoskins' other movies included 1990's "Mermaids," 1991's "Hook," 1993's "Super Mario Brothers," 1995's "Nixon," 2010s' "Made in Dagenham" and 2012's "Snow White and the Huntsman."

All of these movies are available on DVD, Blu-ray, VOD and digital download.

Buena Vista Pictures' "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" (directed by Robert Zemeckis) combined live action with animation and was Hoskins' biggest hit. According to Box Office Mojo, "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" was the No. 2 movie of 1988 in the U.S., with ticket sales of more than $156.45 million in the U.S. ("Rain Man" was No. 1, with $172.8 million in ticket sales.)

The Associated Press reports that Helen Mirren (who co-starred with Hoskins in the 1980 movie "The Long Good Friday") called him "a great actor and an even greater man. Funny, loyal, instinctive, hard-working, with that inimitable energy that seemed like a spectacular firework rocket just as it takes off. I personally will miss him very much, London will miss one of her best and most loving sons, and Britain will miss a man to be proud of."

Hoskins is survived by his wife, Linda Banwell, and four children, who issued this joint statement: "We are devastated by the loss of our beloved Bob."