Actor Burt Reynolds has died, aged 82

Burt Reynolds, Hollywood star and Oscar nominee, has died at the age of 82.

Reynolds’ agent, Todd Eisner, explained how the actor had suffered a cardiac arrest and told CNN: “No comment, just heartbreaking.”

Survived by his son, Quinton, Reynolds earned critical acclaim for his work which featured notable performances in films such as Smokey and the Bandit, Boogie Nights and The Cannonball Run having originally shot to fame with breakout film Deliverance in 1972.

Reynolds died at the Jupiter Medical Center in Florida, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Fellow actor Arnold Schwarzenegger was among the many who led tributes, he said: “Burt Reynolds was one of my heroes. He was a trailblazer.

“He showed the way to transition from being an athlete to being the highest paid actor, and he always inspired me. He also had a great sense of humor – check out his Tonight Show clips. My thoughts are with his family.”

Reynolds, who had been suffering from heart problems for a number of years, underwent back surgery in 2009 and a quintuple heart bypass in February 2010. Reynolds was first married to Judy Carne in 1963 before divorcing in 1965. The heartthrob then married Loni Anderson in 1988 and lasted until 1993. During that time, the pair adopted their son, Quinton.

RIP, Burt.

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