Star Wars Actor Kenny Baker Passes Away at 81

Star Wars Actor Kenny Baker Passes Away at 81

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The actor who played R2-D2 in the Star Wars movies has passed away.

2016 continues to be a tough year for celebrity deaths. The latest is Kenny Baker, best known for playing R2-D2 in the Star Wars movies, has passed away at the age of 81.

Baker, who stood at 3'8" tall, portrayed the famous character in the first six Star Wars movies. In addition to Star Wars, he also had roles in Flash Gordon, Time Bandits, Labyrinth, and The Elephant Man - to name a few.

Baker dies after battling illness for quite a while. As Abigail Shield, his niece, told The Guardian: "He had problems with his lungs and was often in a wheelchair. He was very poorly for a long time. He was asked to go out to LA for the new Star Wars premiere but he was told he was too ill to travel. Luckily he did manage to meet George Lucas again when he came to Manchester."

While R2-D2 is a character that will continue to exist in the Star Wars universe, Baker was not going to be the actor in the suit. He served as a consultant on Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Kenny Baker is survived by his two children. He will be missed.

Correction: His date of birth was listed incorrectly on several sites following his passing. That has since been rectified, and as such his age has been corrected, too.

Source: The Guardian

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If any of my circuits or gears would have helped, I would have gladly donated them.

Queen Michael:
If any of my circuits or gears would have helped, I would have gladly donated them.

Dude, right in the feels! :(

OT: R.I.P Kenny, 2016 continues to shock me. So many amazing people have gone in such a short amount of time :( this just adds to the growing list.

R2 was always one of the most beloved Star Wars characters. This was undoubtedly because he was the bravest, most loyal, and capable little guy out there. I don't think Kenny Baker would want to be remembered any other way.

Queen Michael:
If any of my circuits or gears would have helped, I would have gladly donated them.

Yup. This one got me.

"I've lost R2!"

We all have, Luke. We all have.

It was only a few weeks ago I saw him here in London at Star Wars Celebration Europe. RIP, we'll remember you forever.

And yet another known name passes this year. Rest in peace, good sir.

BEEP-BWOOP BEEP!

I think I speak for everyone here when I say this: Dear 2015 and 2016, you've taken so many idols from us.... Why do you hate us?

Originally said go to hell to both years... Then I remembered who's running for president. So I take that back.

Marter:
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Age 81, Marter. Correct it.

OT: You are one with the Force, Kenny. I hope you and Alec and Christopher shall all enjoy drinks at Heaven's Cantina.

Basement Cat:
Age 81, Marter. Correct it.

Thanks.

It was weird. When I first read about it this morning, everywhere (but, like, Wikipedia) was listing 83. I guess because The Guardian's article had it at 83, and everyone was going based on that. As the day went on I guess we found out his actual birthdate, which led to the corrections.

KyuubiNoKitsune-Hime:
I think I speak for everyone here when I say this: Dear 2015 and 2016, you've taken so many idols from us.... Why do you hate us?

Originally said go to hell to both years... Then I remembered who's running for president. So I take that back.

That last sentence is so bizarre that it lightened my mood. Not meant as an insult. It's also sooo nebulous... Is it now that this is good and you're really into Trump... Is it that the next 4 years might be an abnormal catastrophe... Is it because Hillary will fix it all... Is it that both are shit and no matter what, the next 4 years absolutely will suck... Are both a boon to the country so that 2016 is awesome as hell still...

Who knows? I don't. I don't even really want to know. And unsarcastically, it made me smile. Thanks! :)

Still, 2016 regarding this sucks big in my book.

He belongs to the stars now...

2016, stop killing people I like and/or respect!

*sigh* I'm not the biggest fan of the original star wars trilogy, but it always sucks to see an actor like that pass away...RIP Kenny, you will be missed

Damn, this year sucks in many ways now.

beep boop beep. beep beep boop.

Who will C-3P0 argue with now?

Groxnax:
Who will C-3P0 argue with now?

Anthony Daniels is a major prick that has no problems arguing with anyone.

 

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