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Movie star Burt Reynolds dies aged 82

Movie star Burt Reynolds has died.

The actor known for his starring roles in Deliverance, Smokey and the Bandit, and Boogie Nights was 82.

His death was announced by his manager, Erik Kritzer, who said he died at Jupiter Medical Centre in Jupiter, Florida, a community just north of West Palm Beach.

The cause of death was reportedly cardiac arrest, and his family was at his side at the time of his death, according to US Weekly.

Reynolds' career began on the small screen, where he starred in shows like Gunsmoke  and Dan August — roles that he would later use to as launching pads that  brought critical acclaim and adoration from throngs of fans across the globe.

He received an Oscar nomination for his role in Boogie Nights, the Paul Thomas Anderson film in which he played an adult film director. He once admitted he had never watched the film.

He was also the top box-office celebrity for a consecutive five years in the late 1970s.

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