It’s a sad day to be a Star Wars fan.
Actor Peter Mayhew, the loveable walking carpet from several Star Wars films, has passed away at age 74. Mr. Mayhew died at his home in Texas on May 2, 2019. No cause of death has been mentioned yet.
As someone who loves the classic Star Wars films, it’s a sad day. We’ve been around pop culture and comic conventions for many years and every time Peter Mayhew was a guest people were so excited and told wonderful stories about how kind and gracious he was.
Star Wars Co-stars and George Lucas made statements about his passing:
He was the gentlest of giants-A big man with an even bigger heart who never failed to make me smile & a loyal friend who I loved dearly-I’m grateful for the memories we shared & I’m a better man for just having known him. Thanks Pete #RIPPeterMayhew #Heartbroken @TheWookieeRoars pic.twitter.com/8xbq9HEWF2
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) May 2, 2019
“We were partners in film and friends in life for over 30 years and I loved him.”
— ABC News (@ABC) May 3, 2019
— Billy Dee Williams (@realbdw) May 3, 2019
George Lucas made this statement:
“Peter was a wonderful man. He was the closest any human being could be to a Wookiee: big heart, gentle nature…and I learned to always let him win. He was a good friend and I’m saddened by his passing.”
Mr. Mayhew’s official Twitter Account Posted this:
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. pic.twitter.com/YZ5VLyuK0u
— Peter Mayhew (@TheWookieeRoars) May 2, 2019
It’s hard to lose such iconic and wonderful people. First we lost Carrie Fisher and now Peter Mayhew.
Kiss a wookie in their memory.
Image credit: Hollywood Reporter