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Star Wars actor Peter Mayhew dies aged 74

 Peter Mayhew, the actor who portrayed the iconic Star Wars character Chewbacca, has passed away at the age of 74.


His family released an official statement on his verified Twitter page on Thursday, revealing that the actor passed on April 30.

 'The family of Peter Mayhew, with deep love and sadness, regrets to share the news that Peter has passed away. He left us the evening of April 30, 2019 with his family by his side in his North Texas home,' the statement began.
The statement also confirmed there will be a memorial service for family and friends on June 29th, and with a public memorial in Los Angeles slated for early December.

The public memorial will be attended by his family, featuring his 'personal effects and collection' at the EmpireConLA convention.

In lieu of flowers or gifts, Mayhew's family asks that fans consider donating to The Peter Mayhew Foundation, 'so that they can continue his efforts to help the community.

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