4:45 PM PT: Reynolds’ ex-wife, Loni Anderson, tells The Blast “Quinton and I are extremely touched by the tremendous outpouring of love and support from friends and family throughout the world. Burt was a wonderful director and actor. He was a big part of my life for twelve years and Quinton’s loving father for thirty years. We will miss him and his great laugh.”
Burt Reynolds — star of classic films like “Smokey and the Bandit,” “The Cannonball Run,” “Deliverance,” and “Boogie Nights” — passed away on Thursday, according to several reports. He was 82.
Reynolds died in a hospital after going into cardiac arrest, reports Us Weekly. The outlet says his family was by his side when he passed.
The Martin County Sheriff’s office released the 911 call made by an unidentified male who advised emergency responders that Reynolds was experiencing trouble breathing and chest pains.
He underwent a quintuple heart bypass in February 2010.
Reynolds was nominated for an Oscar in 1998 for his role in “Boogie Nights.” He received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame back in 1978. He was slated to appear in the upcoming Quentin Tarantino movie, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.”
Reynolds was married to Loni Anderson from 1988 to 1993 (they had one adopted son, Quinton) and he had a relationship with Sally Field from 1977 to 1982.