Chewbacca actor Peter Mayhew passes away aged 74

Headlines 03/05/2019

Actor Peter Mayhew, known most famously for playing the Wookie Chewbacca in the Star Wars film franchise, has passed away aged 74.

The much loved actor died April 30 in his North Texas home, surrounded by family. The news first broke officially on his Twitter account, explaining that he had undergone spinal suregery last July to help with his mobility.

The London native 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). 

Rest in peace Chewie, and may the force be with you.