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Bob Hoskins Dead at 71

Bob Hoskins of Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, Mona Lisa and Hook fame died on Tuesday. He was 71.

A family statement released Wednesday said Hoskins had died in a hospital the night before after a bout of pneumonia. He was 71 and had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2012.

Helen Mirren, who starred alongside Hoskins in “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,” Mirren said.

At 5’6” with a face he once compared to a “squashed cabbage,” Hoskins didn’t fit the typical Hollywood mold but he made it work and that’s all that matters.

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