Peter Mayhew dead: Actor who played Chewbacca in Star Wars dies at 74

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The 7ft3in actor died surrounded by his family at his home in Texas on April 30.

Star Wars actor Peter Mayhew has been remembered as a “big man with an even bigger heart” following his death at the age of 74.

British-American actor Mayhew played Wookiee warrior Chewbacca in the revered fantasy series of films, appearing in five movies, most recently 2015’s The Force Awakens. 

His family announced his death on Thursday, and said he died at his home in Texas on April 30 surrounded by loved ones.

Shortly after the news broke, Mayhew’s fans and former co-stars paid tribute.