Peter Mayhew who portrayed Chewbacca in Star Wars died age 74

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Peter Mayhew who portrayed Chewbacca in Star Wars died age 74
Peter Mayhew who portrayed Chewbacca in Star Wars died age 74

Peter Mayhew, the man who portrayed Chewbacca, the furry Wookiee warrior in the “Star Wars” film series has died at the age of 74.

Peter Mayhew’s family posted the news of his death on his official Twitter account which is now managed by his family continuing his work through the Peter Mayhew Foundation.

“The family of Peter Mayhew, with deep love and sadness, regrets to share the news that Peter has passed away.” was tweeted on the official twitter page of the actor. “He left us the evening of April 30, 2019 with his family by his side in his North Texas home.”

Peter Mayhew is 2.18m which he comments was not due to gigantism, instead is a product of Marfan syndrome.”I don’t have the big head”, Peter Mayhew said when asked about the cause of his height

“He was the gentlest of giants.” Tweeted Mark Hamill who played Luke Skywalker in the same Star Wars series films. “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”

Peter Mayhew was born on 19 May 1944 in Barnes, Surrey and is survived by his wife Angie Luker and three children.

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