Hollywood has lost another one of his greatest stars.
Peter O’Toole passed away at the Wellington Hospital in London, UK on Sunday (Dec. 15, 2013) following a long struggle with an illness, the Guardian reports.
He was 81.
Daughter Kate O’Toole released the following statement: “His family are very appreciative and completely overwhelmed by the outpouring of real love and affection being expressed towards him, and to us, during this unhappy time. Thank you all, from the bottom of our hearts.”
O’Toole, who overcame stomach cancer in 1970s, is best known for his role in “Lawrence of Arabia“.
In 2003 he received the honorary Oscar for his body of work after previously being nominated eight times and never winning – a record even til this day.
Revealing that he considered rejecting the honor and telling the Academy to hold it until he was 80, O’Toole changed his mind and said “Always a bridesmaid, never a bride, my foot“.
The film legend and four-times Golden Globes winner announced that he was retiring from acting in 2012. Prior to retiring, he starred in “Troy“, “Ratatouille“, and “The Tudors“.
Peter O’Toole is survived by two daughters, Pat and Kate O’Toole, from his marriage to actress Sian Phillips, and his son, Lorcan O’Toole, by Karen Brown.
May he rest in peace.
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