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It comes with great sadness to report that Kenny Baker has passed away at the age of 81. To many, his real name may not sound that familiar, but the Star Wars actor was probably the most popular out of the entire cast. How? Baker was the man inside R2-D2; he’s the person who literally brought the character to life. And while he may no longer be here in body, as long as there are Star Wars fans, the thought of Baker will live on forever.

According to a report, the news of Bakers death was confirmed by his niece.

“It was expected, but it’s sad nonetheless. He had a very long and fulfilled life. He brought lots of happiness to people and we’ll be celebrating the fact that he was well loved throughout the world. We’re all very proud of what he achieved in his lifetime.”

Thanks to the advancement in technology, R2-D2 doesn’t need a person inside it in order to operate. However, the 3 foot 8 inch actor hopped inside of R2 during the filming of the original trilogy and even all three prequels. He even had a small role in The Force Awakens. Baker also got to play an Ewok in Return Of The Jedi alongside his Willow co-star Warwick Davis.

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Baker had endured a lot, especially during his youth. Back then, he wasn’t expected to live into adulthood.

“When he was a child, he was told that he probably wouldn’t survive through puberty, being a little person in those times, they didn’t have a very good life expectancy. He did extremely well in his life. He was very ill for the last few years so we had been expecting it. He had been looked after by one of his nephews, who found him on Saturday morning.”

Not only did Baker defy the odds and live beyond what doctors expected form him, he helped tell an epic story set in the way distant future (farther than any of person could see in their current lifetime) and created a legacy for himself that will live on forever. Proof of how remarkable Baker is.

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In addition to his starring role in Star Wars, Baker’s credits also include Labyrinth, Willow, The King And I, and Amadeus. Kenny Baker will be missed.

Source: Slashfilm

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