Burt Reynolds who was one of television’s hunks has passed away at age 82 from cardiac arrest.
Reynolds played the sexy character Smokey from the popular 70s show Smokey and The Bandit.
Hollywood has been pouring their hearts out and sharing stories of remembrance of Burt. He is one talented actor whose face and presence will be missed.
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Read more as reported by People:
Burt Reynolds, whose studliness, swagger and snappy patter have helped set TV and movie fans’ pulses racing for nearly half a century, has died. He was 82.
He died Thursday morning at Jupiter Medical in Florida, according to manager Erik Kritzer, reports the Hollywood Reporter.
Reynolds had been battling health issues the past years. In 2013, the actor’s rep said he was in intensive care in a Florida hospital for treatment of flu symptoms, including dehydration.
In recent years, Reynolds was seen using a cane as he posed for photographs — he was spotted using one at his last major public appearance at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival.
Reynolds blamed his limited mobility on doing his own stunts over the course of his career. Speaking on the Jonathan Ross Show on ITV, he said in 2015: “I did all my own stunts, which is why I can’t walk now.”
Prior to that, in 2010, he was released from a Florida hospital in March 2010 after having what his manager Erik Kritzer — denying reports that Reynolds had to be rushed to the ER — classified as a “planned bypass operation.”
Upon his release, Reynolds told PEOPLE that he had no idea that his arteries were closed when he went to his doctor for a physical. “My doctor said I needed to undergo bypass surgery immediately. I went home and shaved then had the operation the next day.”
Reynolds added he “was a heart attack waiting to happen,” admitting he felt “fabulous” after the surgery and even declared he wanted to “live to be 199.”
In September 2009, Reynolds checked himself into rehab to deal with addiction problems, telling PEOPLE at the time, “I felt that in spite of the fact that I am supposedly a big tough guy, I couldn’t beat prescription drugs on my own.”
Except for 1972’s Deliverance, based on the James Dickey novel, and 1974’s The Longest Yard, Reynolds filmography consisted largely of good-ol’-boy roles (Cannonball Run, Smokey and the Bandit), though playing a ruthless pornographer in 1997’s Boogie Nights earned him a Supporting Actor Oscar nomination.
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