David Prowse was laid to rest this week in a fitting Star Wars-themed funeral, his daughter has revealed.
The actor, who was best known for playing Darth Vader in the blockbuster franchise, died in November at the age of 85 following a battle with coronavirus and Alzheimer’s.
His daughter Rachel Prowse confirmed yesterday that a small funeral was held for Prowse almost a month after his death. However, there was no wake after the service due to the coronavirus pandemic restrictions.
In an Instagram post, Rachel shared photos of the beautiful reefs which honoured his life and career, including one that said ‘dad’ and another with the flower petals shaped into the Darth Vader helmet.
Another reef featured the Green Cross Code symbol in reference to Prowse’s notable stint as the Green Cross Code Man, for which he received an MBE.
Rachel wrote in the caption: ‘So today we said goodbye to dad. It was a very small gathering of family and close friends.
‘Covid restrictions meant there was no wake but we hope to celebrate his life later next year if and when some semblance of “normalit” has returned.’
She added: ‘There is so much to say but the fact that we love you dad and we miss you will suffice. ❤️ #dad #daveprowse #darthvader #greencrosscodeman.’
Prowse’s management confirmed the sad news of his death on November 29 in a statement, which said: ‘It’s with great regret and heart-wrenching sadness for us and million of fans around the world, to announce that our client DAVE PROWSE M.B.E. has passed away at the age of 85.’
His agent Thomas Bowington added: ‘May the force be with him, always! Though famous for playing many monsters – for myself, and all who knew Dave and worked with him, he was a hero in our lives.’
Rachel later opened up about Prowse’s final weeks and told The Sun: ‘It’s horrible that Covid restrictions meant we did not get to see him and say goodbye.
‘But when we went to collect his stuff from the hospital the nurse said what a cool guy he was. He was such a larger-than-life character. He would have loved to see himself trending on Twitter.’
Paying tribute to the Hollywood star, who hailed from Bristol, Rachel added: ‘He might have looked quite scary but as a person he was a sweet, kind and generous man. ‘He really was a gentle giant. And to us he was our dad.’