Famed British actor Kenny Baker has died at the age of 83 after a long fight with illness reports The Guardian. Only 3’8″ tall, Baker most famously played R2-D2 in the “Star Wars” films. Quoting a statement from Baker’s niece Abigail Shield, she told the paper:
“It was expected, but it’s sad nonetheless. He had a very long and fulfilled life. He brought lots of happiness to people and we’ll be celebrating the fact that he was well loved throughout the world. We’re all very proud of what he achieved in his lifetime.
When he was a child, he was told that he probably wouldn’t survive through puberty, being a little person in those times, they didn’t have a very good life expectancy. He did extremely well in his life. He was very ill for the last few years so we had been expecting it. He had been looked after by one of his nephews, who found him on Saturday morning.”
Baker’s career spans many decades on film and TV with such notable movies as “Flash Gordon,” “The Elephant Man,” “Amadeus,” “Time Bandits” and “Labyrinth”.