Peter Mayhew, original ‘Chewbacca’ actor, dies at 74, family says

Posted at 4:36 PM, May 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-03 12:32:55-04

TEXAS — Peter Mayhew, the man who brought the Stars Wars character "Chewbacca" to life, died earlier this week, according to a Facebook post from his family.

"He left us the evening of April 30, 2019 with his family by his side in his North Texas home," the post said.

Mayhew donned the Chewbacca costume for the original Star Wars trilogy, "Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith" and "Star Wars: The Force Awakens."

"He fought his way back from being wheelchair-bound to stand tall and portray Chewbacca once more in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. He also consulted on The Last Jedi in an attempt to teach his successor," the post said.