DEAD: ON THIS DATE
Kenny Baker (aged 81)
Kenneth George Baker (24 August 1934 – 13 August 2016) was an English actor and musician. He portrayed the character R2-D2 in the Star Wars franchise and also appeared in The Elephant Man, Time Bandits, Willow, Flash Gordon, Amadeus and Labyrinth.
DEATH: Baker died on 13 August 2016, eleven days before his 82nd birthday, following a brief additional illness. Following the death of the actor it was reported that he had fathered a son who had been kept secret from his family and that they had contacted each other on a number of occasions.