Death of David Prowse: the interpreter of Darth Vader was a victim of the coronavirus

The announcement of his death, this Saturday at the age of 85, moved fans of Star Wars worldwide. David Prowse, the British comedian who played Darth Vader in the first trilogy of the SF saga, was swept away by the coronavirus, his daughter Rachel revealed to the tabloid on Monday The Sun. His management had initially indicated that he had died as a result of “short illness“after fifteen days of hospitalization in London.

“These horrific Covid restrictions mean we haven’t been able to say goodbye to him”, pursues the actor’s daughter, who had also suffered from Alzheimer’s disease for several years. “But when we went to get his things, the nurse told us how great a man he was. He was a bigger than life character. He would have loved to see his name trending on Twitter!

Former bodybuilder and weightlifting champion, David Prowse was chosen by George Lucas to play Darth Vader in Star Wars in 1977 due to his impressive physique. In post-production, the filmmaker, unhappy with his strong English accent, replaced his voice with that of actor James Earl Jones.

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In Return of the Jedi, it is another actor, Sebastian Shaw, who would play the famous villain when he is unmasked in the last minutes of the film. This will not prevent the British giant in the legend of cinema. Actor Mark Hamill aka Luke Skywalker paid tribute to him on Saturday, saluting him “a good man who was much more than Darth Vader”.

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