Peter Mayhew who is known for his role of Chewbacca in Star Wars took his last breath on April 30. He was 74 at the time of his death. As per reports, Mayhew died of a heart attack at his home in Boyd, Texas. His family released a statement about the same, on his Twitter account. The tweet read as, “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.”
Mayhew played the role of Chewbacca in George Lucas’s original Star Wars trilogy, as well as in Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith. The English-American actor later reprised his role in The Force Awakens. Post the announcement, friend and co-star Mark Hammill paid tribute to him.
Hammill said, “He was the gentlest of a giants-A big man with an even bigger heart who never failed to make me smile & a loyal friend who I loved dearly-I’m grateful for the memories we shared & I’m a better man for just having known him.” Joonas Suotamo, who played his role in a few installments also paid a tribute. He said, “Peter’s guidance and kindness have been invaluable gifts which warmed my spirit and prepared me for this journey. I aspire to make Peter proud and bring Star Wars fans the Chewie they know and love.”
Talking about Mayhew, he is survived by his wife Mary Angelique and their three kids. Apart from the Star Wars series, he was seen in movies such as Terror, Dragon Ball GT: A Hero’s Legacy and Yesterday Was a Lie among others.