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Burt Reynolds, Screen Legend, Dies at 82

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Burt Reynolds, whose studliness, swagger and snappy patter have helped set TV and movie fans’ pulses racing for nearly half a century, has died. He was 82.

He died Thursday morning at Jupiter Medical in Florida, according to manager Erik Kritzer, reports the Hollywood Reporter.

Reynolds had been battling health issues the past years. In 2013, the actor’s rep said he was in intensive care in a Florida hospital for treatment of flu symptoms, including dehydration.

Prior to that, in 2010, he was released from a Florida hospital in March 2010 after having what his manager Erik Kritzer — denying reports that Reynolds had to be rushed to the ER — classified as a “planned bypass operation.”

Upon his release, Reynolds told PEOPLE that he had no idea that his arteries were closed when he went to his doctor for a physical. “My doctor said I needed to undergo bypass surgery immediately. I went home and shaved then had the operation the next day

An early first marriage to actress Judy Carne (Laugh-In) ended bitterly in 1966 after three years; in a 1985 autobiography she alleged that he beat her.

He sought solace from a string of female celebrities including Chris Evert, Dinah Shore and Tammy Wynette — but it was Sally Field who seemed to leave a lasting impression.

In 2015, while making the rounds to support his new memoir, the actor discussed his failed relationship with Field, whom he called the “love of his life.”

“Even now, it’s hard on me. I don’t know why I was so stupid,” he said. “Men are like that, you know. You find the perfect person, and then you do everything you can to screw it up.”

But Reynolds eventually did risk another plunge into matrimony, this time to TV star Loni Anderson, with whom he would adopt a son, Quinton, born in 1988.

That marriage lasted five years, only to end bitterly in 1993.

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