Sad news today as film actor Bob Hoskins passed away at the age of 71 following pneumonia, according to his agent.

A family statement released Wednesday by agent 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.'

The actor announced he was retiring from acting in 2012 after being diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, and at the time thanked fans for his 'wonderful career' and said he hoped to spend more time with his family.

The beloved actor's career has spanned four decades during which time he appeared in almost 80 films.

He is best known for his roles as Smee in Steven Spielberg's 'Hook', as P.I. Eddie Valiant in Disney's live action/animation crossover 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit?' and as Harold in cult British gangster movie 'The Long Good Friday'.

He was awarded a Golden Globe for Best Actor, a BAFTA and received an Oscar nomination for his standout performance in 'Mona Lisa'. Bob's final role saw him star opposite Kristen Stewart and as one of the seven dwarves in 'Snow White and the Huntsman'.