On a sad note, we learned that the actor Peter Mayhew passed away on April 30 at his home in Texas. At this time the cause of death has not been disclosed.

The actor was the first to play Chewbaccain 1977 and starred in 4 more films in the Star Wars series.

The actor also served as a consultant on the film The Last Jedi, helping the new Chewbacca actor, Jonas Suotamo, and was also a regular at conventions, always friendly to fans and taking pictures with the famously furry actor from the movies.

Peter Mayhew's height made the actor stand out among the members of the Star Wars series, but he was always remembered for his charisma and personality.

Mark Hammil posted on his twitter the following sentence:

He was the gentlest of giants - a big man with an even bigger heart who always made me smile and a loyal friend whom I loved dearly," actor Mark Hamill, who played Luke Skywalker opposite Mayhew, wrote on Twitter. ?I am grateful for the memories we shared and am a better man for having known him?

Behind-the-scenes photos of actor Peter Mayhew, the original Chewbacca

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