Peter Mayhew, who is best known for playing the wookiee - Chewbacca - in the Star Wars movies, has passed away at the age of seventy-four.
The seven foot three inch giant first played the character in 1977's Star Wars and continued to play the role right up to filming certain scenes of The Force Awakens - the first film in the latest trilogy.
It's always a shame to see people who played a bit part in my childhood pass on. Chewbacca - and as a result, Peter Mayhew - have been there with me from my early years right up to the present day.
I've seen Mayhew out of his costume many times. Not in real life, but in documentaries and other things. He was obviously not getting around well due to his giant body ageing in his later years. I know he would attend conventions and assistance to get around. I recall reading he had a walking stick which was shaped like a lightsaber!
That right there proves to me he was Star Wars through and through.