Peter Mayhew, actor who originated Chewbacca on Star Wars has died

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Beloved fan favourite actor Peter Mayhew, finest recognized for originating the function of the wookiee Chewbacca within the Star Wars films and TV specials has handed away. His household introduced the unhappy information in a put up to social media from Peter’s account. Peter Mayhew was 74.

The household of Peter Mayhew, with deep love and unhappiness, regrets to share the information that Peter has handed away. He left us the night of April 30, 2019 together with his household by his aspect in his North Texas dwelling. pic.twitter.com/YZ5VLyuK0u

— Peter Mayhew (@TheWookieeRoars) Could 2, 2019

Mayhew’s tall physique and physicality earned him the function of Chewbacca, the shut buddy and co-pilot to the smuggler Han Solo. He portrayed the Wookie within the unique trilogy, then reprised the function within the three prequels. He got here out of retirement, and knee surgical procedures that left him wheelchair certain to play Chewie yet another time in Star Wars: The Pressure Awakens.

Mayhew had reportedly been in failing well being and needed to cancel quite a few latest public appearances. Mayhew was all the time form to followers and beloved to share tales of his days on and off the set of Star Wars films. He died on April 30th and his household simply made the announcement at the moment.

Reactions from the movie neighborhood are already pouring in.

Mayhew is survived by his spouse Angie and three kids. We want them the deepest of condolences and them for being part of the legacy that Peter has left to his followers.

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