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

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This Sept. 20, 2010 file photo shows British actor Bob Hoskins arriving for the World Premiere of "Made in Dagenham" in London. Hoskins says he is retiring after being diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. In a statement released Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012, through his agent, the 69-year-old performer thanked his fans and said he had had a "wonderful career." The statement said Hoskins was diagnosed with the degenerative nerve condition last fall.

We end the hour with a celebration of the life of one of Hollywood's most esteemed actors. Actor Bob Hoskins passed away yesterday at the age of 71 from pneumonia.

He is perhaps best known for his role as the toon-hating detecting Eddie Valiant in the iconic LA film, "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?"

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In addition to his comedy chops, the British actor was a dramatic force, too. He earned an Oscar nomination in the 1986 noir film "Mona Lisa," as the driver for a high-class prostitute named Simone. 

Hoskins retired from acting in 2012 when he was diagnosed with Parkinson's.

His one-time co-star Helen Mirren issued a statement remembering him this way:

"Bob was 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."


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