'Chewbacca' Actor PETER MAYHEW Dies At 74

Brianne Constantino

Posted at May 03, 2019

Sad news, Star Wars fans. It has now been confirmed that legendary British-American actor Peter Mayhew, who brought life to the role of Wookie warrior and Han Solo's trusty companion Chewbacca has died at the age of 74.

He passed away last April 30 in his Texas home with his family by his side. The actor's family released an official statement, confirming Peter's demise via his official Twitter handle.

Co-star Mark Hamill, who plays Luke Skywalker in the franchise paid tribute to Peter, saying he was the "gentlest of giants".

Mayhew played the iconic role in the original Star Wars trilogy which began in 1977 and the films that succeeded it up until 2015's The Force Awakens.

Meanwhile, the latest installment in the franchise Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker hits cinemas in December.

Courtesy: Star Wars

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