The man under the Darth Vader mask, British body-builder Dave Prowse, has passed away at the age of 85 after battling an illness for a short period of time.
Star Wars celebrity co-stars who played Luke Skywalker, C-3PO, and Lando Calrissian, along with other star-studded fans mourned his death.
Darth Vader’s son, Luke Skywalker, pointed to Prowse’s accomplishment of becoming a Member of the Order of the British Empire for his services for his time spent playing a superhero named ‘Green Cross’ Code that promoted road safety for children from 1971-1990.
So sad to hear David Prowse has passed. He was a kind man & much more than Darth Vader. Actor-Husband-Father-Member of the Order of the British Empire-3 time British Weightlifting Champion & Safety Icon the Green Cross Code Man. He loved his fans as much as they loved him. #RIP pic.twitter.com/VbDrGu6iBz
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) November 29, 2020