Several Hollywood stars, co-stars and friends took to social media to share their condolences after learning on Thursday that the iconic Star Wars actor, known for portraying the lovable Chewbacca, died at the age of 74.
For over 40 years, Mayhew embraced his Wookiee role in five Star Wars films -- Star Wars (1977), The Empire Strikes Back (1980), Return of the Jedi (1983), Revenge of the Sith (2005) and The Force Awakens (2015) -- and beloved by many.
"He was the gentlest of giants -- A big man with an even bigger heart who never failed to make me smile & a loyal friend who I loved dearly," Mark Hamill wrote. "I'm grateful for the memories we shared & I'm a better man for just having known him. Thanks Pete #RIPPeterMayhew #Heartbroken @TheWookieeRoars."
💔I am so sorry to hear about Peter. We had so many fun and memorable tweets back and forth over the years plus seeing each other at a convention here and there. My deepest condolences to his family. He will be sorely missed! 😢 https://t.co/R3lAEvkQJc