13 August 2016
The British actor who played R2-D2 in the Star Wars films has died after a long illness, just 11 days before his 82nd birthday.
Kenny Baker, who was 3ft 8in tall, shot to fame in 1977 when he first played the robot character in a pre-CGI age, enduring hours in a tin can in the Tunisian desert!.
Many of his co-stars tweeted heartfelt goodbyes. “He WAS the droid I was looking for!” said Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker).