“Star Wars” Chewbacca actor Peter Mayhew passes away at 74

“Star Wars” actor Peter Mayhew, who portrayed Wookiee warrior Chewbacca in the original trilogy, passed away at his home in Texas last April 30, a tweet from his verified account confirmed today, May 3.

Peter portrayed Chewbacca in various “Star Wars” film including: “Star Wars” (1977), “The Empire Strikes Back” (1980), “Return of the Ewok” (1982), “Return of the Jedi,” “Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith” (2005), and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” (2015). He was also a consultant in 2017’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” and 2018’s “Solo: A Star Wars Story.”

His family also wrote, “To him, the “Star Wars” family meant so much to him than a role in a film.”

A memorial service for friends and family will be held on June 29. Additionally, a memorial for his fans in Los Angeles will also happen in early December at EmpireCon.

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