Peter Mayhew dead – Star Wars actor who played Chewbacca dies aged 74 at his Texas home

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PETER Mayhew who played Chewbacca in the Star Wars movies has died aged 74, his family have said.

They said he died “with his family by his side” in his North Texas home on April 30.

In a statement they said: “Peter was the man behind the mask of Chewbacca in the original Star Wars triology, episode 3 of the prequels and the New Triology.

“He also consulted on The Last Jedi in an attempt to teach his successor.

“He put his heart and soul into the role of Chewbacca and it showed in every frame of the films from his knock kneed running, firing his bowcaster from the hip, his bright blue eyes, down to each subtle movement of his head and mouth.

“But, to him, the Star Wars family meant so much more to him than a role in the film.”

The actor set up the

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