Italian actor, filmmaker and professional swimmer Bud Spencer has died on Monday at the age of 86.
Bud Spencer who will be remembered for his action-comedy roles passed away with his family present to bid him farewell.
“My father died peacefully at 6:15pm and did not suffer from pain, he had all of us next to him and his last words were ‘Thank you’,” his son and film producer Giuseppe Pedersoli said in a note to the media.
Osvaldo De Santis, president of 20th Century Fox in Italy also spoke about the deceased actor: “He was an actor whom Italian cinema needs to thank because he brought Italian movies around the world.”
With our deepest regrets, we have to tell you that Bud is flying to his next journey.
Fam. Pedersoli pic.twitter.com/nHjEUyM7uE
— Bud Spencer Official (@budspencerweb) June 27, 2016
On his official Facebook page, he posted: “With our deepest regrets, we have to tell you that Bud is flying to his next journey.”
Born in October 31, 1929 in the southern city of Naples, Italy, Bud Spencer is popularly known as the “big friendly giant” of the screen due to his height and weight.
Alongside his long-time film partner Terence Hill, Bud played in action and comedy films in the 1970s and 1980s, often cast as a cowboy or policeman.
Of all his movies, his biggest successes included They Call Me Trinity, a parody of Spaghetti Western movies, the Flatfoot films and A Friend is a Treasure.
Most time of his life was spent in South America and Germany where he has a lot of fans.
Bud Spencer was once a professional swimmer and the first Italian to swim the 100m freestyle in less than one minute. He twice participated at the Olympic Games before he ventured into acting.
Rest in peace Bud Spencer.