It was a story everyone could identify with. Life-long Star Wars fan Daniel Fleetwood had a terminal illness, and despite the fact that he had exceeded the life expectancy quoted to him by his doctor by more than two months, he wasn’t so certain he could hold out another couple of months until the wide release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Thousands of other Wars fans lent their voices online to Daniel’s cause, the ranks of which also included Star Warriors Mark Hamill, John Boyega, Carrie Fisher and Daisy Ridley, and while the tale ended in success, there’s now a sad coda. Via a Facebook post from Daniel’s wife this morning, we’ve learn that Daniel has died from his illness.

“Daniel put up an amazing fight to the very end. He is now one with God and with the force. He passed in his sleep and in peace. He will always be my idol and my hero. Please hug uncle Marc for me and give Lucy lots of kisses. Rest in peace my love. This was the last selfie we ever took together.”

Daniel had spindle cell sarcoma, which is a rare form connective tissue cancer. In July, his doctors gave him two months to live, and while, if my math’s right, that estimate was off about three months, Daniel has been showing more and more wear from his illness. Then, he got word last week that Disney had approved his request after all that gentle prodding by Wars fans using the #ForceforDaniel hashtag. Daniel and Ashley got to see the film last week thanks to the generosity of Disney and Lucasfilm.

Daniel was 32 years old and his survived by his wife Ashley and thousands of Star Wars fans who helped prove again that dreams can come true.

Source: Comic Book Movie

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