Jeremy Bulloch, the original actor behind the mask of Star Wars’ Boba Fett, has died at the age of 75.
The star’s death was confirmed on his official website, stating that he ‘died peacefully’ with his wife and sons by his side, following unnamed health complications.
The message read: ‘Jeremy died peacefully on 17th December 2020 following health complications, including several years living with Parkinson’s disease.
‘He spent his final weeks in the wonderful care of staff at St George’s Hospital in Tooting, close to the house where he and his wife Maureen had lived together for more than fifty years.
‘Maureen and two of his sons, Jamie and Robbie, were with him during his final days.
‘Jeremy had a long and happy life as an actor and was best known for his roles in the films Summer Holiday, Star Wars and James Bond; TV series the Newcomers, Doctor Who, Agony and Robin of Sherwood, and several West End theatre productions.
‘Away from the screen Jeremy was a talented footballer and cricketer. He also supported a number of charities including Great Ormond Street Hospital who saved his granddaughter’s life.’
‘He was devoted to his wife, three sons and ten grandchildren, who all love him dearly and will miss him terribly,’ the message ended.
The actor appeared in the initial Star Wars trilogy, first featuring as the masked bounty hunter in 1980’s The Empire Strikes Back.
He later reprised the role in Return Of The Jedi in 1983.
Later, he became a beloved and regular face at fan conventions, before announcing he was ‘hanging up his helmet’ in 2018.
Speaking at the time about the legendary character, he said: ‘In 1979 I was called onto the set of Empire Strikes Back to play Boba Fett, and since that day it has changed the entire direction of my life in such a wonderful way.
‘It has been a privilege to have had the opportunity to inspire so many generations of Star Wars fans. I have had over 20 years of travelling with my wife Maureen to some amazing countries and have met so many wonderful fans.
‘Thank you all so much and we will miss you all. May the Force be with you always.’
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