Sally Field reacts to Burt Reynolds' death: 'He will be in my history and my heart, for as long as I live'

The love of Burt Reynolds'  life, Sally Field, said Thursday her years with him would "never leave my mind."

"There are times in your life that are so indelible, they never fade away," Field told The Associated Press in a statement Thursday hours after he died at 82 of cardiac arrest.

"They stay alive, even forty years later. My years with Burt never leave my mind. He will be in my history and my heart, for as long as I live. Rest, Buddy."

In a 2015 interview with Vanity Fair, Reynolds told the magazine that Field, whom he dated for five years after they met on the set of the 1977 film “Smokey and the Bandit," was the "love of my life."

1977:  Actors Burt Reynolds and Sally Field in the film 'Smokey and the Bandit'. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

Burt Reynolds and Sally Field in the 1977 film "Smokey and the Bandit."  (Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

The former couple appeared in four films together before calling it quits in the ‘80s.


Sally Field talks while Burt Reynolds listens in a scene from the film 'Hooper', 1978. (Photo by Warner Brothers/Getty Images)

Sally Field and Burt Reynolds in the 1978 film "Hooper."  (Getty Images)

Reynolds' Hollywood career skyrocketed in the ‘70s after his breakout film role as Lewis Medlock in 1972’s “Deliverance.” The star went on to appear in nearly 200 films throughout his lifetime.

He received an Oscar nomination for his portrayal of adult film director Jack Horner in 1997's "Boogie Nights."

Fox News' Stephanie Nolasco contributed to this report.