Screen legend Burt Reynolds dies at the age of 82
The 82-year-old actor suffered a cardiac arrest on September 6 and passed away at a hospital in Florida, surrounded by his family
Actor Burt Reynolds died of a heart attack on Thursday morning at a hospital in Florida, according to multiple reports. The 82-year-old Reynold was transported to a Florida hospital after going into cardiac arrest.
The Oscar-nominated actor had heart problems for years and he underwent a major heart surgery in February 2010. Burt starred in many movies and TV shows including classics like 'Smokey and the Bandit,' 'Boogie Knights' and 'Cannonball Run.'
Reynold was nominated for an Oscar in 1997 for the best supporting actor for his role as porn director Jack Horner in 'Boogie Knights'.
He won the Golden Globe that year. Reynold was famously married to Loni Anderson in 1988, but they split in 1993, in one of the nastiest breakups in Hollywood history. When growing up, Reynolds was a star college football player, who played at Florida State. His roommate was Lee Corso.
Burt was rarely seen in public, and when he was, fans were shocked to see him lose 30 pounds in the 1980s after he filmed the movie 'City Heat,' where he was struck in the face with a chair. He had to restrict his eating because of a broken jaw and eventually became addicted to the pain medication. He had major surgeries in 2009 and 2010, respectively, which led to him another bout of severe weight loss.
When he passed away on September 6, his family was by his side. He is survived by his son.