British bodybuilder and actor David Prowse, best known as the physical embodiment of Darth Vader in the original Star Wars trilogy, has died. He was 85 years old.
“It is with great regret and heartbreaking sadness for us and millions of fans around the world to announce that our customer DAVE PROWSE MBE has passed away at the age of 85,” the Prowse management company tweeted early Sunday. Prowse died of prostate cancer, according to CNN.
Although James Earl Jones voiced the legendary villain, it was the 6’6 Prowse who wore Darth Vader’s iconic black suit and helmet.
“So sad to hear that David Prowse has passed away,” tweeted Mark Hamill on Sunday. “He was a kind man and much more than Darth Vader. Actor husband father, Order of the British Empire, three-time British weightlifting champion and safety symbol, the Green Cross Code Man. He loved his fans as much as they loved him. “
It’s so sad to hear that David Prowse has passed away. He was a kind man and much more than Darth Vader. Actor Husband Father Member of the Order of the British Empire – 3 times British Weightlifting Champion & Safety Symbol the Green Cross Code Man. He loved his fans as much as they loved him. #RIP pic.twitter.com/VbDrGu6iBz
– Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) November 29, 2020
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