Acting legend Burt Reynolds, who has been one of the most magnificent stars in Hollywood for more than half a century, has died. 82 years  He rose to fame after starring in a series of box office hits during the 70s and 80s, and later made a comeback with an Oscar-nominated role in Boogie Nights .
Reynolds became an instant sensation thanks to Deliverance The Longest Yard and Smokey and the Bandit but never let the fame go to the head. He was the star of the people, who earned them with their versatility and self-destructive grace.
Reynolds had a history of health problems for some time, but that never stopped him from doing what he liked best. He was eager to appear in Quentin Tarantino's next film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood but never had the chance to film his scenes.
Dozens of Hollywood stars paid tribute to this American icon after learning that he died. Her niece Nancy Lee Hess also launched an emotional statement on behalf of the family, thanking everyone for their support in this moment of pain.
"My uncle was not just an icon of the film, he was a generous, passionate and sensitive man, dedicated to his family, friends, fans and acting students, and I want to thank all of his incredible fans who have always supported him and animated, through all the hills and valleys of his life and career, "Hess wrote.