Tributes have flooded in for Star Wars actor David Prowse, following news of his death.
The movie star, who was best known for playing Darth Vader in the much-loved film franchise, died aged 85, after battling a short illness.
His management confirmed his death in a statement that read: ‘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.’
Prowse’s agent called him a ‘hero’, adding: ‘May the force be with him, always.’
After news of his death surfaced, celebrities have been remembering Prowse on social media, with Star Wars actor Mark Hamill – famed for playing Luke Skywalker – remembering Prowse as ‘so much more than Darth Vader’.
Hamill tweeted: ‘So sad to hear David Prowse has passed. He was a kind man & much more than Darth Vader.
‘Actor-Husband-Father-Member of the Order of the British Empire-3 time British Weightlifting Champion & Safety Icon the Green Cross Code Man. He loved his fans as much as they loved him. #RIP.’
Daniel Logan – who played Boba Fett in Star Wars: Episode II Attack Of The Clones – tweeted: ‘Sad to hear of the passing of a #StarWars family member. RIP Dave Prowse.’
Alongside a picture of him with Prowse, Logan continued: ‘Darth Vader wouldn’t be the same without you in the costume. We had many fun times & laughs at cons together over the years. Glad to have been able to call you a friend. Rest now and be one with the Force!’
The Mandalorian star Carl Weathers tweeted: ‘RIP David Prowse. That stature contributed so much to Darth Vader’s legend. #BePeace.’
Magic Mike star Joe Manganiello shared a picture of Darth Vader and posted: ‘David Prowse as Darth Vader was BRILLIANT. He was so unbelievably magical in that suit. I’ve watched Empire so many times with the sound off just to watch how he moved. His physical choices were as iconic as James’ voice to me & aside from all of that he was such a nice man. RIP.’
Film director Edgar Wright remembered Prowse, as he tweeted: ‘As a kid Dave Prowse couldn’t be more famous to me; stalking along corridors as evil incarnate in the part of Darth Vader & stopping a whole generation of kiddies from being mown down in street as the Green Cross Code man. Rest in Peace, Bristol’s finest.’
British actor Robin Askwith – famed for his role as Timmy Lea in the Confessions series – recalled meeting Prowse for the first time in 1972.
He wrote: ‘Such sad news that dear Dave Prowse has passed away. I first met him in his gym in 1972, West End gym and then he seemed to turn up in everything I did, once turning up in full Darth Vader kit to watch me roll around naked with Pamela Stephenson ….RIP Dave.’
Prowse was first cast as Darth Vader in 1977 and played the famous character in the original Star Wars trilogy movies – although, Darth Vader was voiced by James Earl Jones.
The late star is survived by his wife, Norma E. Scammell, and three children.
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