Rosa Hoskins, daughter of British actor Bob Hoskins, has opened up about her father’s battle with Lewy body disease – a degenerative and untreatable form of Parkinson’s disease.
The iconic actor, best known for his portrayals of London gangsters in films such as The Long Good Friday and Mona Lisa, was first diagnosed with the condition in 2011 and sadly passed away on April 29, 2014.
“When he was ill he showed what he was made of. The strength and bravery he exhibited was incredible. I was amazed by his resilience. It was so inspiring,” said daughter, Rosa Hoskins, who is currently working to share new insights into the actor’s home life in her new book, It’s All Going Wonderfully Well: Growing up with Bob Hoskins.
Bob Hoskins’ condition caused him to lose control of his body and, eventually, his memory.
“That was the biggest change in him. Your memory makes you the person you are. I dreaded the day when he forgot my name, but thankfully that never came.
“Writing the book was about preserving what memories I could.”
Ms Hoskins spoke up about her father’s courage when faced with the condition.
“Even though he was staring down the barrel of something so horrible he never complained and he was an easy patient. And he wasn’t concerned about himself he was just concerned about how it would affect all of us, his family, especially mum.”
Rosa’s book, It’s All Going Wonderfully Well: Growing up with Bob Hoskins is now on sale.