A sad Saturday morning for Star Wars fans. The man inside one of our favorite droids, British actor Kenny Baker, died at the age of 83 after battling a longstanding illness.
Abigail Shield, his niece, told the Guardian:
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.
He had problems with his lungs and was often in a wheelchair. He was very poorly for a long time.
He was asked to go out to LA for the new Star Wars premiere but he was told he was too ill to travel. Luckily he did manage to meet George Lucas again when he came to Manchester.
Baker, who stood three feet and eight inches tall, first stepped into the R2-D2 costume in 1977 for Star Wars: A New Hope, and continued to portray the character well into the next five films in the franchise. He also starred in Time Bandits and Flash Gordon.
Source: Sky News