Peter Mayhew, who played Chewbacca in “Star Wars” dies at 74

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Peter Mayhew, who played Chewbacca in the “Star Wars” films, has died at the age of 74 in his home in North Texas, his family announced Thursday.

The statement, posted to his Twitter account, said Mayhew passed on the evening of April 30 with his family by his side.

He played the wookie, Chewbacca, in the original “Star Wars” trilogy beginning in 1977 and in later films.

“He put his heart and soul into the role of Chewbacca and it showed in every frame,” his family said.

The BBC reported that he is survived by his wife, Angie, and three children.

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