'Who Framed Roger Rabbit' star Bob Hoskins dead at 71

British actor Bob Hoskins speaks as he holds his Donostia Award which he received in recognition of...

British actor Bob Hoskins speaks as he holds his Donostia Award which he received in recognition of his lifetime achievement at the San Sebastian International Film Festival in this September 27, 2002 file photo. REUTERS/Pablo Sanchez/Files

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LONDON - British actor Bob Hoskins, who rose to fame for his performance in the film "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" and dozens of others, has died after a bout of pneumonia at the age of 71, his publicist said on Wednesday.

A statement issued on behalf of his wife Linda and his children said: "We are devastated by the loss of our beloved Bob. Bob died peacefully at 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."


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