We are deeply saddened to report that Peter Mayhew, best known for his portrayal of Chewbacca in the Star Wars films, has passed away at the age of 74.
The actor’s death was confirmed yesterday on his official Twitter account. The beloved actor passed away on April 30, 2019, surrounded by his family and loved ones 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
During a recent conversation with The Hollywood Reporter, Harrison Ford expressed his deep sorrow about the passing of his dear friend.
“Peter Mayhew was a kind and gentle man, possessed of great dignity and noble character. These aspects of his own personality, plus his wit and grace, he brought to Chewbacca. 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. Chewbacca was an important part of the success of the films we made together. He knew how important the fans of the franchise were to its continued success and he was devoted to them. I and millions of others will never forget Peter and what he gave us all. My thoughts are with his dear wife Angie and his children. Rest easy, my dear friend….”
Shortly after the news broke, several of Mayhew’s closest friends and colleagues took to social media to express their sadness and share fond memories of the late Star Wars star.
He was the gentlest of giants-A big man with an even bigger heart who never failed to make me smile & a loyal friend who I loved dearly-I’m grateful for the memories we shared & I’m a better man for just having known him. Thanks Pete #RIPPeterMayhew #Heartbroken @TheWookieeRoars pic.twitter.com/8xbq9HEWF2
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) May 2, 2019
— JJ Abrams (@jjabrams) May 3, 2019
— Billy Dee Williams (@realbdw) May 3, 2019
RIP Peter Mayhew. To create a beloved character with warmth and humor is a testament to any actor’s spirit. To do it under a half ton of yak hair takes a true legend.
— Rian Johnson (@rianjohnson) May 3, 2019
— Joonas Suotamo (@JoonasSuotamo) May 2, 2019
R.I.P. Peter Mayhew