Original ‘Chewbacca’ Peter Mayhew dies at 74

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(WJHL)- The actor who was best known for playing the original ‘Chewbacca’ in the Star Wars trilogy has died, according to his family.

The statement obtained by ABC News and also posted on his Twitter page read in part, “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 reveals that there will be a memorial service for friends and family on June 29th. 

Fans will also be able to pay tribute to the beloved actor in December in Los Angeles where there will be a memorial for fans set up at EmpireConLA.

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