British actor Bob Hoskins dies at 71

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Bob Hoskins turns on the Christmas lights at St Paul's Cathedral
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Bob Hoskins turns on the Christmas lights at St Paul's Cathedral on November 3, 2009 in London, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Getty Images)

LONDON (AP) — British actor Bob Hoskins, whose varied career ranged from "Mona Lisa" to "Who Framed Roger Rabbit," has died aged 71.

A family statement released Wednesday by publicist Clair Dobbs said Hoskins died in a hospital after a bout of pneumonia.

His wife Linda and children Alex, Sarah, Rosa and Jack, said: "We are devastated by the loss of our beloved Bob."

A versatile character actor capable of menace, poignancy and Cockney charm, Hoskins appeared in some of the most acclaimed British films of the past few decades, including gangster classic "The Long Good Friday."

In 2012 Hoskins announced that he had been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease and was retiring from acting.

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