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Leslie Nielsen dies aged 84

29 November 2010

The comedy legend Leslie Nielsen has died aged 84.  The star of the classic Naked Gun films and aeroplane has died of pneumonia. Reports first started circulating the Internet that he was ill and has now been confirmed.

The comedy genius was born in Regina Canada and appeared in over 100 films, and television appearances, and was awarded a star on the Hollywood walk of fame and was even made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2002 despite also being a naturalized US citizen.

His nephew, Doug Nielsen, told Canadian radio station CJOB that the actor had been in the hospital in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, for 12 days and that "he just fell asleep and passed away" with family and friends by his side.

The star will be greatly missed, but leaves behind a wonderful legacy through his films, where we can still see him again and again

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