Last night, actor, Bob Hoskins from “Who Framed Roger Rabbit”, “The Long Good Friday”, and “Hook”, passed away at the age of 71. The cause of death was pneumonia. Two years ago, Hoskins announced that he was retiring from show business due to his diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease. His last appearance was in the film “Snow White and the Huntsman”, which was released in 2012, along with co-star Kristen Stewart. His second wife Linda and four children Alex, Sarah, Rosa and Jack said “We are devastated by the loss of our beloved Bob. Bob died peacefully at the hospital last night. The family also thanked well-wishers for their messages of love and support.”
Many celebrities have given their condolences via Twitter. Actor Stephen Fry tweeted “Oh no, Bob Hoskins. Gone? That’s awful news. The Long Good Friday one of the best British movies of the modern era. A marvelous man.” Actor Martin Kemp added “RIP Bob Hoskins – Long Good Friday is one of the best movies ever made. You will be missed.”
Hoskins revealed his battle with the brain disorder several months after his diagnosis.
During an interview in May 2012, Hoskins was asked if he still had a passion for acting. He replied “Acting is a lark but I’m trying to work less. 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.”