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North Texan Peter Mayhew honors R2-D2 actor Kenny Baker

Peter Mayhew bid farewell to his fellow “Star Wars” actor Kenny Baker, calling him his “little friend with the giant heart.”
Peter Mayhew bid farewell to his fellow “Star Wars” actor Kenny Baker, calling him his “little friend with the giant heart.” Invision/AP

North Texas resident Peter Mayhew paid tribute to fellow Star Wars actor Kenny Baker.

Baker, 81, was found dead Saturday at his home in Northwest England. He played the cylindrical robot R2-D2 in the first six Star Wars films.

The Chewbacca actor wrote on his website that “no words seemed adequate to convey what we collectively and I personally have lost with the passing of my dear friend Kenny Baker.”

He continues: “...Although people liked to contrast the difference in our heights, we found we shared many of the same struggles, from finding clothes, driving cars, and fitting in airplane seats to health issues and the ever constant stares of strangers; we understood each other on a level that few others can.”

He ended his tribute by bidding a final farewell to his “little friend with the giant heart.”

Mayhew wasn’t the only Star Wars alumni to honor Baker.

This report includes material from The Associated Press.

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