Peter Mayhew, who played Chewbacca in ‘Star Wars’ films, dies at 74

Peter Mayhew, the 7-foot-3 actor who played Chewbacca in the “Star Wars” movies, has died at 74.

In a tweet late Thursday, his family said Mayhew had died April 30, “with his family by his side in his North Texas home.”

A cause of death was not given. Mayhew had undergone spinal surgery last July to improve his mobility.

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