Peter O'Toole Dies; Legendary Actor Was 81

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Peter O'Toole, a veteran actor known for a variety of major movie roles, passed away in his sleep last night. He was 81 years old.

A rep for the star confirms O'Toole was surrounded by friends and family members when he died at a London hospital, following a long battle with illness.

O'Toole's most memorable films include Lawrence of Arabia, Goodbye, Mr Chips and Venus. He holds the record for most Academy Award nominations without a win, though he was given an honorary Oscar in 2010.

O'Toole announced his retirement from acting last year.

"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," said daughter Kate, adding:

"Thank you all, from the bottom of our hearts. In due course there will be a memorial filled with song and good cheer, as he would have wished."

We send our condolences to O'Toole's loved ones.

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he was sick & tired of hollywood anyway.

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