Peter Mayhew, the actor who played Chewbacca in the Star Wars films, has died aged 74, his family says.
Mayhew, born in London, played Chewbacca in the original Star Wars trilogy, episode three of the prequels and the New Trilogy.
He passed away at his home in Texas on 30 April with his family by his side, a statement said. Mayhew’s family did not say what the cause of his death was.
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
The British-American actor played giant Wookiee warrior Chewbacca in the original trilogy beginning in 1977 as well as later films until 2015.