Chewbacca actor Peter Mayhew, has died aged 74, his family have confirmed. A statement from his family says the Star Wars actor passed away in his home in Texas on 30 April surrounded his family by his side.

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The family of Peter Mayhew, with deep love and sadness, regrets to share the news that Peter has passed away. He left us the evening of April 30, 2019 with his family by his side in his North Texas home.

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The British-American actor was cast as Ray Harryhausen in “Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger” after being discovered by producer Charles H. Schneer due his height. Mayhew went to be cast Chewbacca the following year (1977). He was 7ft 2in (2.18m) tall, is survived by his wife Angie and three children.

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