David Proz, who played Darth Vader in the original Star Wars trilogy, suffered from a coronavirus before dying Sunday at the age of 85, according to a report from his daughter.
“It’s awful that COVID’s restrictions mean we couldn’t see him and say goodbye,” said the 50-year-old daughter of the late actor Rachel.
“But when we went to get his things from the hospital, the nurse said what a cool person he was. He was such a bigger character than life. He would be happy to see himself in a trend on Twitter, “she added.
Rachel also confirmed that her father, a former 6-foot-6 bodybuilder, suffered from Alzheimer’s disease and spent two weeks in a London hospital with COVID-1
“He may have looked pretty scary, but as a man he was a sweet, kind and generous man,” said his daughter. “He really was 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.
“It’s so sad to hear that David Proes has passed. “He was a kind man and much more than Darth Vader.” “Actor-Husband-Father-Member of the Order of the British Empire – 3-time British weightlifting champion and safety icon The Green Cross Code. He loved his fans as much as they loved him. “
Creator George Lucas also posted a touching tribute to the late StarWars.com actor.
“David brought Darth Vader’s physique, which was essential to the character,” Lucas wrote.
“He made Vader bounce off the page and appear on the big screen, with impressive stature and performance to match Vader’s intensity and level of 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.