Bob Hoskins' wife has paid tribute to her ''beloved'' husband.

The award-winning actor died ''peacefully'' at the age of 71 after suffering from pneumonia and his wife Linda and their children Rosa and Jack, as well as Alex and Sarah - who he had with first wife Jane Livesey - are mourning their loss.

In a statement, they 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.''

Bob retired from acting in 2012 after being diagnosed with Parkinson's disease bringing his career, which spanned four decades, to an end.

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'.

Celebrities have been quick to send their condolences to his family and have posted messages online to share their sadness.

Stephen Fry wrote on Twitter: ''Oh no, Bob Hoskins. Gone? That's awful news. The Long Good Friday one of the best British movies of the modern era. A marvellous man. (sic)''

Vicky McClure explained: ''Just heard the very sad news Bob Hoskins has died. He was one of the best. I feel honoured to have met & worked with him. RIP Bob. Xx(sic)''

Charlie Rowe said: ''I'm heartbroken to hear about my friend Bob Hoskins, I had the pleasure of working with a few years ago. An absolute gem #RIPBobHoskins x (sic).