Peter Mayhew who starred as Chewbacca in the movie Star Wars has died at age 74. This was made known by his family who stated that he died peacefully at his Texas home surrounded by family and friends.
A statement issued by his family described Peter Mayhew as a “gentle giant and a very quiet, shy and beautiful person”
His family said: “Peter was the man behind the mask of Chewbacca in the original Star Wars triology, episode three of the prequels and the New Triology.
“He fought his way back from being wheelchair-bound to stand tall and portray Chewbacca once more in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
“He put his heart and soul into the role of Chewbacca and it showed in every frame of the films from his knock kneed running, firing his bowcaster from the hip, his bright blue eyes, down to each subtle movement of his head and mouth.
“But, to him, the Star Wars family meant so much more to him than a role in the film.”