Star Wars Legend Peter Mayhew Passes Away At Age 74.
With great sadness, we report on the death of beloved Star Wars actor Peter Mayhew, who brought the legendary character Chewbacca to life.
From his twitter feed:.
The family of Peter Mayhew, with deep love and sadness, regrets to share the news that Peter has passed away. He left us the evening of April 30, 2019 with his family by his side in his North Texas home. pic.twitter.com/YZ5VLyuK0u
— Peter Mayhew (@TheWookieeRoars) May 2, 2019
Followed up by numerous tweets from friends and fans alike:
He was the gentlest of giants-A big man with an even bigger heart who never failed to make me smile & a loyal friend who I loved dearly-I'm grateful for the memories we shared & I'm a better man for just having known him. Thanks Pete #RIPPeterMayhew #Heartbroken @TheWookieeRoars pic.twitter.com/8xbq9HEWF2
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) May 2, 2019
Thank you, Peter Mayhew.
Goodbye, Chewie 😔 pic.twitter.com/WfzTpUGvNH
— pictoline (@pictoline) May 3, 2019
— Vudu – Movies & TV (@VuduFans) May 2, 2019
Peter Mayhew created one of the greatest film characters of all time. Chewbacca was funny, courageous, and caring. He did it all without the benefit of speech, just that vocal growly cry that 1 in 100 fans can do real well when they're drunk. He was always really nice to me.#RIP
— alan tudyk (@AlanTudyk) May 3, 2019
"We are deeply saddened today by the news of Peter Mayhew’s passing. Since 1976, Peter’s iconic portrayal of the loyal, lovable Chewbacca has been absolutely integral to the character’s success, and to the Star Wars saga itself."-Kathleen Kennedy.
— Star Wars (@starwars) May 3, 2019
Peter Mayhew joins a numerous list of other Iconic Star Wars actors that have passed on, including Carrie Fisher, Kenny Baker, Peter Cushing, and Sir Alec Guinness. He, like many others, will be sorely missed.
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