David Prouse, Darth Vader THIERRY ZOCCOLAN/AFP through Getty Images

UPDATE: David Prowse‘s daughter thanked fans for sending their love and support following her dad’s death on Sunday, Nov. 29.

” Papa would have been over the moon about the response he has had today,” Rachel Prowse shared on Twitter.

Taking to Facebook, Rachel posted a lengthier message about her dad’s death and touched on his effect as Darth Vader in the Star Wars franchise.

” Thank you so much to everybody that has reached out and sent their love and finest dreams to my me, my mum and my siblings, it means more than you understand,” she composed in part.

” Papa had a broad fan base from several areas of his life and work, he will be missed by lots of,” she continued. “He ‘d had a fantastic life, took a trip all over the world doing things that he liked particularly satisfying fans at conventions and signing thousands and thousands of autographs throughout the years … For those people that matured in the 70’s and 80’s he will be finest kept in mind as being the Green Cross Code Male and also for being Darth Vader, the most wicked villain in cinematic history; to me he will constantly just be papa.”

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His agent, Thomas Bowington, informed BBC News that Prowse passed away after a short health problem. The star is made it through by his other half, Norma, and their 3 children.

A previous bodybuilder standing 6′ 7″, Prowse was cast as Darth Vader for his imposing physique and played the masked villain face to face.

However, James Earl Jones supplied his booming voice, as Prowse’s English accent was deemed unsuitable for the part. In the original trilogy’s last movie, Return of the Jedi, the late Sebastian Shaw physically represented Vader when his face was exposed to primary character Luke Skywalker, played by Mark Hamill

Father would have been over the moon about the response he has actually had today. Me and the rest of the household have actually been overwhelmed by the charming remarks and the sharing of some hilarious memories. Thanks twitter for brightening a challenging day #mtfbwy #DaveProwse @BowingtonM @BBCNews pic.twitter.com/s1Q7BtwRIf

— Rachel Prowse (@prowse_rachel) November 29, 2020

Hamill, 69, paid tribute to Prowse on Twitter following news of his death, writing, “So unfortunate to hear David Prowse has actually passed. He was a kind guy & much more than Darth Vader. Actor-Husband-Father-Member of the Order of the British Empire-3 time British Weightlifting Champ & Security Icon the Green Cross Code Male. He loved his fans as much as they loved him. #RIP”

Prowse made an MBE in 2000 for playing the Green Cross Code Man in a U.K. roadway safety program.

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Anthony Daniels, who has actually played C-3PO in 11 of the 12 Star Wars movies, likewise commemorated Prowse. The 74- year-old British star tweeted, ” Dave has actually gone. I do not think 3PO ever dealt with Vader’s mighty existence on set, other than as a bag of bits on Chewie’s shoulders in the carbon freezer. However Dave’s renowned figure dominated the completed film in ’77 and has done so ever since. And will continue to do so.”

Star Wars creator and initial director George Lucas said in a declaration to the Hollywood Reporter, “David brought a physicality to Darth Vader that was vital for the character. He made Vader jump off the page and on to the big screen, with an enforcing stature and movement performance to match the strength and undercurrent of Vader’s existence.”

Lucas included, “David was up for anything and contributed to the success of what would become a remarkable, terrible figure.

Prowse had actually largely kept out of the spotlight recently. In 2015, he went to the premiere of Spanish directors Marcos Cabota and Toni Bestard‘s documentary film about his life, I Am Your Dad, named after Darth Vader’s iconic line to Luke Skywalker, in Madrid.

Their co-star Peter Mayhew, who played Chewbacca, passed away at age 74 in 2019.

( This story was originally released on Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020 at 9: 14 a.m. PST)


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