Chewbacca actor Peter Mayhew dies aged 74

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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 British-American actor played giant Wookiee warrior Chewbacca in the original trilogy beginning in 1977 as well as later films until 2015.


Peter Mayhew dies at the age of 74
US actors/cast members Harrison Ford (R) and Peter Mayhew arrive to the European premiere of the film ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ in Leicester square in London, Britain, 16 December 2015. Photo EPA-EFE/FACUNDO ARRIZABALAGA

Via BBC / Variety