Burt Reynolds passed away on Thursday morning at Jupiter Medical in Florida, at the age of 82.
His niece Nancy Lee Hess confirmed the news, releasing the following statement:
"My uncle was not just a movie icon; he was a generous, passionate and sensitive man who was dedicated to his family, friends, fans and acting students."
"He has had health issues, however, this was totally unexpected. He was tough. Anyone who breaks their tailbone on a river and finishes the movie is tough. And that's who he was. My uncle was looking forward to working with Quentin Tarantino (in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood) and the amazing cast that was assembled."
Over the years, Burt had faced several health issues.
Back in 2013, he was in intensive care after suffering from the flu.
Burt's last major appearance was at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival.
The actor's dear pal and former flame, actress Sally Field shared some kind words about Burt.
"There are times in your life that are so indelible, they never fade away," she told People. "They stay alive, even forty years later. My years with Burt never leave my mind. He will be in my history and my heart, for as long as I live. Rest, Buddy."