Peter Mayhew, the 7’2 man who inhabited the iconic costume of the mighty Wookie Chewbacca in all of the “Star Wars” films through up until “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” passed away Tuesday night at his home in Texas. He was 74 years old.
His official Twitter has just revealed the news saying: “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 30th with his family by his side in his North Texas home.”
The Kurtz Joiner Archive also released a statement remembering the man saying: “Meeting fans and especially the children that were into Star Wars and seeing the magic in their eyes when they got to meet Peter was something that drove him to attend public events and Comic Cons, which he continued to do up until last week.”
They add if you feel like saying goodbye to Peter then don’t buy flowers or gifts but instead make a difference and donate to the Peter Mayhew Foundation devoted to the alleviation of disease, pain, suffering and the financial toll brought on by lives traumatic events.