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Peter Mayhew, the actor best known for his role as Chewbacca in the Star Wars saga has died at the age of 74.

Though he was an orderly in a hospital when he was cast as the towering Wookiee, he spent the next 40+ years as a ‘Star Wars’ legend.

The 7’3″ tall British actor died at his Texas home on Tuesday, April 30th. His family announced his passing Thursday, May 2nd. Mayhew had undergone spinal surgery in July to aide his mobility.

Peter Mayhew was replaced in later movies, Solo: A Star Wars Story and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker by Finnish-born Joonas Suotamo, a former basketball player who became an actor.

Mark Hamill tweeted: