Actor David Prowse died Saturday at age 85. His daughter said he’d contracted COVID-19 and had been in the hospital for treatment before his death.
In an interview with UK’s The Sun, Prowse daughter Rachel confirmed that her father, who suffered from Alzheimer’s, had been hospitalized for the last two weeks with Covid. Confirming the cause of death, Rachel Prowse said, “It’s horrible that Covid restrictions meant we did not get to see him and say goodbye. But when we went to collect his stuff from the hospital the nurse said what a cool guy he was. He was such a larger-than-life character. He would have loved to see himself trending on Twitter.”
The BBC tells the story of how Prowse wound up auditioning for George Lucas and Star Wars: