Peter Mayhew, the man behind the mask of the iconic Star Wars character, Chewbacca, has died.
The actor died on April 30 from a heart condition at his home in North Texas. He was surrounded by friends and family.
The 7’4″ actor played Chewbacca in all three films of the original Star Wars trilogy, in The Revenge of the Sith and in 2015’s The Force Awakens.
His family says Peter came back from being in a wheelchair to star in The Force Awakens, before retiring. He served as a consultant to Joonas Suotamo –the Finnish basketball player who took over the role in The Last Jedi.
Peter Mayhew was 74.
(Photo, Lucsasfilm; via TMZ)