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Star Wars: Chewbacca actor Peter Mayhew dies aged 74


Chewbacca actor Peter Mayhew dies aged 74

Peter Mayhew, the man who played the Star Wars character Chewbacca, has died at the age of 74, his family says.
Mayhew died in his north Texas home surrounded by family, according to the statement.
They did not confirm his illness but TMZ reported his death was due to a heart condition.
The London-born actor played Chewbacca in Star Wars (1977), The Empire Strikes Back (1980), Return Of The Jedi (1983), Revenge Of The Sith (2005) and The Force Awakens (2015).
He had been working at a London hospital when he was cast in the part that would make him famous - director George Lucas had been looking for someone taller than Darth Vadar (who was 6ft 6in). Mayhew stood 7ft 3in.
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