911 call reveals Burt Reynolds suffered from chest pains, difficulty breathing before death

Actor Burt Reynolds poses for pictures while sitting on a replica of the Trans Am he drove in the movie "Smokey and the Bandit" outside the Tampa Theatre in 2011. Reynolds spoke prior to the free screening of the movie. [CHRIS URSO | Times files]
Actor Burt Reynolds poses for pictures while sitting on a replica of the Trans Am he drove in the movie "Smokey and the Bandit" outside the Tampa Theatre in 2011. Reynolds spoke prior to the free screening of the movie. [CHRIS URSO | Times files]
Published September 7
Updated September 7

The 911 call for Burt Reynolds indicates the legendary actor had trouble breathing before being rushed to the Jupiter hospital, where he later died after having suffered a heart attack, authorities said.

Burt Reynolds struggled to breathe and felt pain in his chest shortly before he died from a heart attack Thursday, a newly released 911 call reveals.

A man at Reynolds’ Florida estate called emergency responders to ask for medical assistance as the 82-year-old movie star’s health began to decline, the audio obtained by the Daily News reveals.

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The caller, who was not identified, told the dispatcher that Reynolds was "breathing but he’s not answering questions."

He also said Reynolds was "experiencing difficulty breathing and chest pains" and answered "yes" when asked by the dispatcher if the Smokey and the Bandit star was clammy or had cold sweats.

The longtime Hollywood star had been living at his estate despite selling the property three years earlier to his neighbor Charles Modica, according to TMZ.

Modica allowed Reynolds to spend the rest of his life there after purchasing the sprawling residence for $3.3 million because he didn’t want to make the film icon go through a distressing move.

Reynolds had reportedly been set to appear in the upcoming Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, a film directed by Quentin Tarantino covering the Manson Family murders, but had not filmed any scenes for the 2019 movie before his death.

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