Leslie Nielsen, a journeyman actor who later found fame with comedy roles in Airplane! and The Naked Gun series, died late Sunday afternoon of complications from pneumonia, E! News has confirmed. He was 84.
Nielsen passed away in a hospital near his Fort Lauderdale, Fla. home surrounded by his wife and close friends. Nielsen had reportedly been hospitalized for nearly two weeks prior to his death.
“We are saddened by the passing of beloved actor Leslie Nielsen, probably best remembered as Lt. Frank Drebin in The Naked Gun series of pictures, but who enjoyed a more than 60 year career in motion pictures and television,” a rep for Nielsen’s family tells E! News. Leslie Nielsen was married four times and had two children. In lieu of flowers, the family requested that donations be made in his name to charitable causes.