'May the Force be with him' - Star Wars superfan passes away after seeing early cut of 'The Force Awakens'
Published 11/11/2015 | 10:56
Daniel Fleetwood has passed away one week after being granted his final wish by Disney - to see the new Star Wars film.
The Star Wars superfan from Texas was suffering from terminal cancer and was afraid he would die before the film's scheduled December release date.
The campaign #ForceForDaniel was begun by friends and family on social media and quickly went viral all over the world, with the stars of the franchise coming out in support of Daniel's wish.
On Tuesday morning, Daniel's wife Ashley broke the news that Daniel had lost his fight.
" Daniel put up an amazing fight to the very end. He is now one with God and with the force. He passed in his sleep and in peace".
"He will always be my idol and my hero. Rest in peace my love".
Ashley had posted on Facebook a week ago that Daniel's 'final wish' had been granted.
"Today the wonderful Disney and Lucasfilms made his final dream come true, in the amazing typical Disney way, they really do make dreams come true!"
She thanked "family, friends and awesome strangers!" for their help in getting the attention of the makers of the movie.
This is reportedly the second time a Star Wars superfan has wanted to see the latest installment of a JJ Abrahams franchise before they die, with the first happening just before Star Trek: Into Darkness.
One Reddit user wrote: "Imagine if, as a director, you found that a dying man's last wish was to see your product. Your work of art. Out of all tangible things available to man, it is your movie that a man wants to see before he dies".
The couple's GoFundMe page has reached almost $50,000 of it's $100,000 goal to cover Daniel's medical expenses.
Actor John Boyega tweeted his condolences for Daniel's family, writing "God bless you, man... you inspire me".