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Bob Hoskins who starred in "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" and "Hook" died on Tuesday, April 29 after suffering from pneumonia.
The Oscar-nominated actor died at 71-years-old. News of Hoskin's death arrives just two years after he retired from acting following his diagnosis with Parkinson's disease. The Englishman's career spanned four decades with films such as 1980's "The Long Good Friday," "Nixon" in 1995, and his latest and final role in 2012's "Snow White and the Hunstman," among many others.
A family statement released on Wednesday by agent Clair Dobbs said Hoskins died in a hospital after a bout with pneumonia.
"We are devastated by the loss of our beloved Bob," a statement from Hoskins' wife Linda and children Alex, Sarah, Rosa and Jack read, according to The Associated Press.
In addition to his family's outpouring of grief, celebrities such as Samuel L. Jackson voiced reactions to Hoskins' death via social media on Wednesday.
"Truly saddened by the passing of Bob Hoskins," Jackson posted to Twitter. "A truly Gigantic talent & a Gentleman. R.I.P."
Furthermore, Bob Hoskins became a trending topic on Twitter just minutes after the news broke of his death. Hoskins' films "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" and "The Long Good Friday" also became trending topics on the micro blogging site.
Upon retiring in 2012, Hoskins said ending his acting career was a slow process.
"Acting is a lark but I'm trying to work less," he explained, according to the Daily Mail. "They say, 'Bob I know you're trying to retire but we've got a little swan song here which is the business...' and I get talked into it. The more you don't want to work, the more work you get. I want to be at home with the wife but she doesn't want me to retire, she wants me out of the house."