DEAD: ON THIS DATE
Peter Mayhew (aged 74)
British actor (Star Wars)
Peter Mayhew (19 May 1944 – 02 May 2019) was an English-American actor, best known for portraying Chewbacca in the Star Wars film series. He played the character in all of his live action appearances from the 1977 original to 2015’s The Force Awakens before his retirement from the role. Peter Mayhew died today, May 2, 2019.
DEATH: Mayhew died of a heart attack on April 30, 2019, at his home in Boyd, Texas, weeks before his 75th birthday. He was buried in Reno, Parker County, Texas, in Azleland Memorial Park and Mausoleum.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is dedicated to his memory.