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Peter Mayhew death – played Chewbacca

Mayhew was crony to Han Solo (Harrison Ford) in many of the nine Star wars films, from the mid-1970s until a few years ago.

”He laid down the soul and heart in the role of Chewbacca, and it showed in every single box in the movies,” writes females in a Twitter statement. They write that he passed away at 74 years of age on Tuesday, with the near and dear ones at his side in the home.

by the seventh movie, ”The force awakens”, this year started age take their toll. Mayhew shared the role with the young finn Joonas Suotamo, who then took over completely in the eighth grade, ”The last jedi”.

”soul-Crushing to hear that my dear friend and mentor, the great Peter Mayhew, has passed away",” write Suotamo on Instagram.

”Peter's warm welcome when I came on board in The force awakens meant so much to me,” continues finn, and adds: ”He was a unique gentleman and a legend of the unbeatable class”.

, where he worked in health care then the film producer Charles H Schneer in the mid-70s noted for his remarkable length. It led to a minor role in ”Sinbad and tiger's eye”, and then the role of Chewbacca in the ”star wars”, the first Star wars movie premiered in 1977.

Photo: Jonathan Short/AP

”Peter was a wonderful man,” writes the Star wars creator George Lucas, according to the filmsajten IMDB. ”The closest thing to a wookiee as a man could be: a big heart, a gentle nature, and I learned to always let him win.”

”A big man with an even bigger heart, who never failed to make me smile, and a loyal friend who I loved very deeply,” writes Mark Hamill, Luke Skywalker in the films. ”I am a better person for I have known him. Thank you Pete,” adds Hamill on Twitter.
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