Airplane! actor Leslie Nielsen passes away from pneumonia

Leslie Nielsen has died from pneumonia at the age of 84, his agent John S Kelly has confirmed.

The actor – who starred in cult comedy films Airplane! and The Naked Gun – passed away on Sunday at a hospital near his Florida home.

‘Just in this last 48 hours, the infection had gotten too much,’ Leslie‘s nephew Doug Nielsen told Canadian radio station CKNW.

‘He just fell asleep and passed away.’

Leslie had been in hospital for nearly two weeks with pneumonia.

He is survived by fourth wife Barbaree Lee Neilsen and his daughters – Maura Nielsen Kaplan and Thea Nielsen Disney – from his marriage to second wife Alisande Ullman.

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