2016 seems to be absolutely full of tragic losses in both the Hollywood community and beyond. We’ve lost legends both young and old this year, and the latest of these passed celebrities has touched entire generations of moviegoers.
It’s with great displeasure that I must report that Star Wars actor Kenny Baker has died at the age of 83. While perhaps not a household name, literally every Star Wars fan has been a fan of the late actor’s work, as he played one of the most beloved characters in the Star Wars mythos. Namely, he controlled everyone’s favorite droid, R2-D2 in both the original trilogy and the prequels.
This tragic news comes to us from The Guardian, which was able to have a conversation with Kenny Baker’s niece Abigail Shield. Shield revealed that Kenny Baker had actually been sick for quite some time. His health had been declining so that he was unable to attend the premiere for Star Wars: The Force Awakens back in December. Of her Uncle’s recent health problems, Shield said the following:
It was expected, but it’s sad nonetheless. He had a very long and fulfilled life. He brought lots of happiness to people and we’ll be celebrating the fact that he was well loved throughout the world. We’re all very proud of what he achieved in his lifetime.
More to come…