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Written by Lexie Graf

 

On April 30th, 2019 Peter Mayhew — best known for his role as Chewbacca in the Star Wars film series — passed away at the age of 74. Mayhew had been a part of the Star Wars series since the beginning, playing Chewbacca from 1977 until 2015. He was perfect for the role, with a height of 7 feet 3 inches.

 

Mayhew was described as a “kind and gentle man” with “great dignity and noble character” by his costar Harrison Ford who played Han Solo. Besides Star Wars, Mayhew also wrote two children’s books and was cast in a few other films.

 

Saying Goodbye to a Pop Culture Icon

Peter Mayhew passed away at his home in Boyd, Texas with his family by his side. He will always be remembered for his iconic role as Chewbacca and for the kind man he was. Below are a few tributes shared over Twitter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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