American actor Peter Mayhew, who played the role of a traveler from the Wooky Chewbacca tribe in the Star Wars movie saga, died in his 75th year of life. This was his family reported on his official Twitter page.

Peter died on April 30, 2019, surrounded by his relatives in his home in north Texas … He put all his heart and soul into the role of Chewbacca, and this is visible in every frame. For him, Star Wars was a family, not just a role in a film. The people he met at the site became his friends for decades,

– said in a statement. Star Wars actors expressed condolences to the Mayhew family: Mark Hamill, best known for the role of Luke Skywalker, spoke of Peter as the “most tender of giants,” and Harrison Ford, who played Han Solo, called Mayhew “a kind and gentle man,” whom he “loved”.

Peter Mayhew reincarnated into Chewbacca in films such as Star Wars. Episode IV: New Hope, 1977, Star Wars. Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, 1980 Star Wars. Episode VI: The Return of the Jedi, 1983, Star Wars. Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, 2005, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens, 2015.