Tributes have been pouring in following the death of actor Peter Mayhew, who passed away Tuesday evening at his North Texas home. Mayhew is best known for his portrayal of the Star Wars character Chewbacca.
Actor Mark Hamill who worked alongside Mayhew on Star Wars took to Twitter after hearing the sad news. Hamill called Peter a “loyal friend and “the gentlest of giants.”
Harrison Ford, who also worked on Star Wars with Mayhew, gave a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, calling him a great friend for over 30 years.
Actor Joonas Suotamo, who took over the role of Chewbacca as a body double in The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi, posted a statement on Twitter saying he was devastated after hearing the news about his mentor.
Peter Mayhew was scheduled to appear at the Dallas Fan Expo this weekend. According to CBS DFW, in honor of the late Star Wars actor, the convention will let fans leave behind a special message at Peter Mayhew's booth