Star Wars actor Peter Mayhew dies

Star Wars actor Peter Mayhew dies

Peter Mayhew, who played Chewbacca the Wookiee, in five of the

His family has confirmed the news. 

Mayhew, whose face was never seen in the "Star Wars" films - his entire body was always clothed in his Wookiee costume - died at his north Texas home on Tuesday, according to the family's statement on Twitter, but no cause of death was given.

The tall, lanky performer made his first appearance as the beloved, bleating Chewbacca character in the landmark 1977 sci-fi action-thriller "Star Wars," and went on to co-star in four more films in the blockbuster series - "The Empire Strikes Back," "Return of the Jedi," "Revenge of the Sith" and "The Force Awakens."

He also served as an off-camera consultant on the final 2017 film in the series, "The Last Jedi," helping to tutor his successor in the Chewbacca role on the ways of convincingly playing a Wookiee.

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