News - May 3, 2019

Star Wars star Peter Mayhew dies aged 74
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Star Wars star Peter Mayhew dies aged 74

Peter Mayhew, best known for his role of Chewbacca in the Star Wars saga, has died at the age of 74. 

Mayhew passed away at his home in Texas on April 30th. His family confirmed the news last night (May 2nd) in the below statement:

The actor, who was over seven foot tall, made his debut as Chewbacca in 1977. He would go on to reprise the role in 1980’s The Empire Strikes Back and 1983’s Return of the Jedi, as well as two of the newer films in the Star Wars saga: 2005’s Revenge of the Sith and 2015’s The Force Awakens.

Tributes have been paid to Mayhew from many of his co-stars, including Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill. You can find a selection below:

 

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