Peter Mayhew, Gentle Giant Behind ‘Star Wars’ Chewbacca, Passes at 74

We are so incredibly heartbroken to report the passing of the best co-pilot in the galaxy, Peter Mayhew.

Peter Mayhew
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Long known to Star Wars fans the galaxy over, the gentle giant first roared life into Wookiee Chewbacca in the original 1977 film, and continued to play a part in the franchise until Joonas Suotamo fully took over the role in 2017.

Mayhew’s family posted the news to his official Twitter account, The Wookiee Roars:

The family of Peter Mayhew, with deep love and sadness, regrets to share the news that Peter has passed away. He left us the evening of April 30, 2019 with his family by his side in his North Texas home.

About Mary Anne Butler

Bleeding Cool News Editor Mary Anne Butler (Mab, for short) has been part of the fast-paced world of journalism since she was 15, getting her start in album reviews and live concert coverage for a nationally published (print) music magazine. She eventually transitioned to online media, writing for such sites as UGO/IGN, ComicsOnline, Geek Magazine, Ace of Geeks, Aggressive Comix (where she is still Editor-in-Chief), and most recently Bleeding Cool.


Over the past 10 years, she’s built a presence at conventions across the globe as a cosplayer (occasionally), photographer (constantly), panelist and moderator (mostly), and reporter (always).

Interviews, reviews, observations, breaking news, and objective reporting are the name of the game for the founder of Harkonnen Knife Fight, a Dune-themed band with an international presence.

Though she be but little, she is fierce. #MabTheProfessional

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