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OTRC: Bob Hoskins dies: 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit,' 'Hook' actor was 71

Bob Hoskins appears at the 2010 Moet British Independent Film Awards in London on Dec. 5, 2010. The actor died on April 29, 2014. / Bob Hoskins appears in a scene from the 1988 Disney movie 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit.' (Richard Young / Startraksphoto.com / Touchstone Pictures)

Bob Hoskins, who starred in "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" and "Hook," has died at age 71.

The British actor passed away on Tuesday, April 29, after battling pneumonia, his family said in a statement to the UK newspaper The Independent. The news comes a year and a half after Hoskins retired from acting after being diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. He is survived by wife Linda and children Alex, Sarah, Rosa and Jack.

"We are devastated by the loss of our beloved Bob," the statement said. "Bob died peacefully in 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."

Hoskins began his onscreen career in the 1970s. In the 1980s, he starred opposite Cher in "Mermaids," played private investigator Eddie Valiant in Disney's half-animated movie "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" and also appeared in the cult film "Pink Floyd The Wall" and "Mona Lisa." The latter film earned him an Oscar nomination for his role as George.

In 1991, he played Smee, sidekick of Captain Hook, portrayed by Dustin Hoffman, in "Hook," Steven Spielberg's sequel to "Peter Pan." Hoskins also played the part in the 2011 miniseries "Neverland." Other roles include Mario (last name -- also Mario) in the 1993 movie "Super Mario Bros" and Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev in the 2001 movie "Enemy at the Gates."

In 2004, he starred opposite Kate Bosworth and Kevin Spacey in "Beyond The Sea." Hoskins' most recent acting role came in 2012, when he starred as Muir in "Snow White and the Huntsman" with Kristen Stewart and Chris Hemsworth, just before he announced his retirement.

" What a talent to behold," Bosworth tweeted on Wednesday. " He will be deeply missed."

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