Sunday 18 August 2019

So long, Chewie: ‘Star Wars’ actor who played alien hero dies aged 74

May the force be with you: Actor Peter Mayhew poses alongside his Chewbacca character at MGM Studios in Florida
May the force be with you: Actor Peter Mayhew poses alongside his Chewbacca character at MGM Studios in Florida

Keiran Southern

Peter Mayhew, the 7ft 3in tall actor who played furry rebel hero Chewbacca in 'Star Wars', has died at the age of 74.

In a statement on Twitter lat night, his family said he died on April 30 at his home in Texas.

They said: "The family of Peter Mayhew, with deep love and sadness, regrets to share the news that Peter has passed away. He left us the evening of April 30, 2019 with his family by his side in his North Texas home."

Mayhew, who was British, played Wookiee warrior Chewbacca in 'Star Wars' (1977), 'The Empire Strikes Back' (1980), 'Return of the Jedi' (1983), 'Revenge Of The Sith' (2005) and 'The Force Awakens' (2015).

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