David Prowse, who played Darth Vader in the original “Star Wars” trilogy, suffered from coronavirus before he died Sunday at the age of 85, his daughter said in a report.
“It’s awful that COVID restrictions meant we didn’t get to see him and say goodbye,” the late actress’ daughter Rachel, 50, told Sun.
“But when we went to get his stuff from the hospital, the nurse said what a cool guy he was. He was such a character that was bigger than life. He would have loved to see himself come on Twitter, ”she added.
Rachel also confirmed that her father – a 6-foot-6 former bodybuilder – had suffered from Alzheimer̵
“He may have looked pretty scary, but as a person he was a sweet, kind and generous man,” his daughter said. “He was really a gentle giant. And for us, he was our father. ”
Meanwhile, actor Mark Hamill, who portrayed Luke Skywalker in the space saga, took to Twitter to remember Prowse.
“So sad to hear David Prowse is gone. He was a kind man and much more than Darth Vader, ”Hamill wrote. Actor-man-father-member of the Order of the British Empire – 3-time British weightlifting champion and safety icon Green Cross Code Man. He loved his fans as much as they loved him. ”
Creator George Lucas also sent a touching tribute to the late actor on StarWars.com.
“David brought a physical to Darth Vader that was crucial to the character,” Lucas wrote.
“He made Vader jump out of the side and on to the big screen with an impressive stature and movement performance that matched the intensity and undercurrent of Vader’s presence,” he continued.
“David was ready for anything and contributed to the success of what would become a memorable, tragic figure. May he rest in peace, ”Lucas added.