Burt Reynolds' family shares heartbreaking words in a statement after his death
The family of Burt Reynolds released a statement following his death.
At the age of 82, Reynolds passed away after experiencing cardiac arrest at Jupiter Medical in Florida on September 6, 2018.
The Hollywood Reporter released a statement from the actor’s niece, Nancy Lee Hess.
She said, "My uncle was not just a movie icon; he was a generous, passionate and sensitive man who was dedicated to his family, friends, fans and acting students.”
I finally got to work with one of my heroes in 2006. #BurtReynolds led a really fun cast in Spokane and we laughed all day, every day he was on the set. A wry humor and a warm heart defined this wonderful man. He will be sorely missed. #RIPBurtReynolds pic.twitter.com/6ShGb2w2a6— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) September 6, 2018
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"He has had health issues, however, this was totally unexpected. He was tough. Anyone who breaks their tailbone on a river and finishes the movie is tough. And that’s who he was,” Hess continued.
She also shared how her uncle was looking forward to Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming film, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.”
Reynolds was cast in May 2018 for the role of George Spahn, an 80-year-old man who owns the ranch where the Manson family lived.
The film is set in 1969 and stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, and Margot Robbie.
Alongside them are stars like Damian Lewis, Luke Perry, Emile Hirsch, Dakota Fanning, Al Pacino, Scoot McNairy, and Lena Dunham.
For years, Reynolds had been struggling with his health. Although, it never stopped him to continue his acting career.
In March 2018, he made an appearance in the boxing movie, “Shadow Fighter.”
Also, he has an upcoming movie that will be released in December entitled “Defining Moments.”
During his final interview with Florida Weekly, Reynolds shared that he was proud of his recent projects, especially the film, “The Last Movie Star,” which was shot in 2016.
He said, “I’m really proud of the work I’m doing. You have to be given the parts before you can take the chances. I’m being given the parts now.”
“For the first time, I got to show vulnerability. It was a good exercise for me as an actor,” Reynolds continued.
Meanwhile, TMZ recently obtained a recording of the 911 call from the actor’s estate.
An unknown man called the operator telling him that an ambulance was needed.