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Beloved ‘Star Wars’ Icon's Tragic Passing: Harrison Ford And Mark Hamill Pay Touching Tributes To Chewbacca

Date May 6, 2019 11:02

The fans of the original Star Wars franchise are devastated after hearing the news about the passing of their beloved character.

Actor Peter Mayhew, who portrayed Chewbacca on the screen, is, sadly, not with us anymore. Mayhew passed away on 30 April at his home in Texas, surrounded by his family. He was 74 years old.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The actor’s wife Angie confirmed the heartbreaking news on Twitter, suggesting fans and friends to make donations to Mayhew’s foundation instead of bringing flowers and gifts.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The actor reprised his iconic role for the last time in Star Wars: The Force Awakens where he, already wheelchair-bound, fought to “stand tall” to play the character.

Star colleagues pay tributes

Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill were the first among many stars who paid their tributes to Peter Mayhew. Hamill, who’s famous for playing Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars films, called his late co-star the “gentlest of giants”.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Harrison Ford also remembered his colleague, noting his kindness and nobility and saying I loved him.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Other celebrities, including Elijah Wood and Billy Dee Williams, wrote sweet messages to honor Mayhew as well.

Playing Chewie for the last time

Despite having knee problems and worsening health, Peter Mayhew made the trip through the galaxy one last time. The actor joined the star-studded cast in The Force Awakens to portray Chewbacca again.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Peter noted that his character doesn’t age because his diet consists of carrots and other vegetables, as well as because he enjoys life. Mayhew also revealed that Chewie has a family who waits for his return from his exciting adventures.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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We will never forget Mayhem’s iconic character as well as his kind and gentle heart.