Kenny Baker Who Played R2-D2 In 'Star Wars' Has Died

Publish Date
Sunday, 14 August 2016, 11:36AM
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Kenny Baker, the 3-foot 8-inch (1.1 metre) actor who played R2-D2 in the Star Wars films, has died. He was 81.

Baker's nephew and carer, Drew Myerscough, said he found Baker dead on Saturday at his home in Preston, northwest England.

Myerscough told Sky News that Baker had suffered years of breathing problems, "which he had borne very bravely." He said the affection of Star Wars fans around the world "kept him going, without any doubt".

"He was amazed that, even after 30-odd years, the fans still basically adored him," Myerscough said.

The costume worn by Kenny Baker as R2-D2 / source: getty images

Baker's agent, Johnny Mans, confirmed his death, and said: "He will be sadly missed."

via NZ Herald

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