Peter Mayhew 1944-2019


Star Wars fans are in mourning this week as actor Peter Mayhew has reportedly passed away just prior to May the 4th. The 7’2″ actor is best known for playing Chewbacca in all of the Star Wars films up until 2017, after which he retired following a surgical procedure. Actor Joonas Suotamo had since taken over for him, although Mayhew continued to be credited as “Chewbacca consultant” on all recent Star Wars films. He had recently appeared at Star Wars Celebration in Chicago. The cause of death was believed to be a heart attack. He was 74 years old. Mayhew’s family released the following statement on social media:

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