It has been announced that the actor who played Chewbacca in many Star Wars films ranging from 1977 until 2015, passed away at his home on April 30. His family was by his side.
Mayhew’s Official Twitter Account Announces His Death
The announcement was made from Peter Mayhew’s official Twitter account, saying, “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.”
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. pic.twitter.com/YZ5VLyuK0u
— Peter Mayhew (@TheWookieeRoars) May 2, 2019
Star Wars Actors Pay Tribute
After the news of his passing, various actors he had worked with over the years paid tribute to him online, and in statements. Harrison Ford, known for playing Han Solo in the Star Wars films, said that Mayhew had “great dignity and noble character,” and said he was a “kind and gentle man.”
Ford also said, “We were partners in film and friends in life for over 30 years, and I loved him. He invested his soul in the character and brought great pleasure to the Star Wars audience.”
Mark Hamill, known for playing Luke Skywalker, said that Mayhew was “the gentlest of giants”, and that he was a “big man with an even bigger heart who never failed to make me smile and a loyal friend who I loved dearly.”
His family said that “the Star Wars family meant so much more to him than a role in a film. The relationships that began then grew into the friends and family that he would love for decades to come.”
Mayhew was also known for his heavy involvement in non-profit organizations, and had his own foundation that helped support “everything from individuals and families in crisis situations to food and supplies for children of Venezuela.”
A memorial for fans will happen in December, while a memorial for his friends and family will be held on June 29.