We have some sad news to report today. British actor David Prowse, best known for playing Darth Vader in the original Star Wars trilogy, has died after short illness at the age of 85

Prowse was best known for playing the iconic supervillain in the original three George Lucas movies.

The weightlifter-turned-actor was cast as Vader for his towering physique, even though the role was voiced by James Earl Jones.

Health and fitness remained an interest for Prowse, who also worked as a personal trainer for actors playing the role of Superman, including Christopher Reeve, and wrote a book called “Fitness is Fun.”

He published an autobiography, “Straight from the Force’s Mouth,” in 2011.

“May the force be with him, always”, Prowse’s agent Thomas Bowington told BBC.

“It’s with great regret and heart-wrenching sadness for us and million of fans around the world, to announce that our client DAVE PROWSE M.B.E. has passed away at the age of 85,” Bowington Management tweeted.

“Though famous for playing many monsters — for myself, and all who knew Dave and worked with him, he was a hero in our lives.”

This is a huge loss for the Star Wars community and he will be sadly missed. Our hearts and prayers go out to his loved ones.

Source- The News International & WESH News

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