Peter Mayhew, Chewbacca in 'Star Wars,' Dies at 74

May 2, 2019

(1010 WINS) -- "Star Wars" actor Peter Mayhew, who played Chewbacca in the original trilogy, died Tuesday, his family said on Thursday. He was 74.

"The family of Peter Mayhew, with deep love and sadness, regrets to share the news that Peter has passed away," read a tweet on his account. "He left us the evening of April 30, 2019 with his family by his side in his North Texas home."

 

 

Mayhew, who played the 200-year Wookie, also appeared in "The Empire Strikes Back," "Return of the Jedi," "Revenge of the Sith," "The Force Awakens" and "The Star Wars Holiday Special."

Mayhew -- who measured 7-feet-3-inches -- remained active on the "Star Wars" convention circuit.

He also wrote two books, "Growing Up Giant" and "My Favorite Giant."

He also made guest TB appearances on "Donny & Marie," "The Muppet Show" and "Glee."

A memorial service for friends and family will be held on June 29, with a memorial for fans in Los Angeles in December at EmpireCon.

He is survived by his wife, Angie, and three children.

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